Nightly News   |  January 07, 2014

Hollywood Royalty Helps Veterans Find Jobs

The son of a Hollywood screen legend has stayed out of the limelight in order to Make a Difference in the lives of tens of thousands of struggling veterans.

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>>> finally tonight as promised, our "making a difference report" about the son of a hollywood screen legend. unlike his father for most of his life, he stayed as far from the limelight as possible. choosing instead to make a difference for tens of thousands of veterans for america 's wars. his story tonight from nbc's mike taibbi .

>> reporter: steven peck started out following in the footsteps of his famous father, the great actor gregory peck . but the son had been to war. his war, vietnam. when he came home and made a couple documentaries about veterans and their post war struggles to survive, he abandoned hollywood . no glitz and glamour here, just long l.a. days with military vets who have all hit bottom.

>> i have been living out of my car.

>> i couldn't get any work.

>> all in this room and 11 u.s. vet service centers, have a chance to come back because of the role steven peck has filled for decades.

>> what we try to do here is to get them to work together. get them to help each other.

>> it's grown into a $35 million a year operation that houses 5,000 vets a night, and finds jobs for 84% of those who want one. one of gregory peck 's lesser known rules was as captain neumann m.d., an army medic who was among the first of three who was afflicted with ptsd.

>> you guys seem a bit depressed this morning.

>> when he quit the movie business, his dad was proud of him.

>> he was very, very pleased that i was doing something that was so satisfying and helpful to other people.

>> he does it as the head of a big organization now.

>> there's the boss, now. anything you want, you have to ask him right now, this is your window.

>> they are getting what they want. a bed, a job, a rediscovered future.

>> if it wasn't for u.s. vets, i don't know where i would be right now.

>> hollywood endings for veterans who thought they had reached the end of the line . mike taibbi nbc news, los angeles .