Almost 60,000 veterans are without shelter in the US on any given night.
1.4 million veterans are at risk of homelessness.
The number of vets experiencing homelessness is down by over 40% since 2011.
20% of the male homeless population are veterans.
The leading causes of homelessness among vets are PTSD, social isolation, unemployment, and substance abuse.
Veterans account for 11% of homeless adults in the US.
Over 90% of the veterans living on the street and shelters are male.
Transitional Housing Meets this pressing need for our service men and women
Our Vets Deserve our help.
Our vets have risked their lives in combat to protect the citizens of the US. In many ways, we owe our lives to them and should always lend a helping hand. The number of vets without shelter is on the decline which shows promise, but there are still states where it’s on the rise. In short, although we’re close to getting veterans and homeless off the streets for good, there’s still a lot of work left to be done.
There are a number of obstacles the government needs to address. While the VA and other organizations and charities are doing everything they can, you can still join the good cause and help out yourself.
For starters, take a good look around your community and see whether there are any vets that require assistance. You can contact different organizations in your area and prevent them from appearing in homeless veterans statistics.
If you can’t help that way, you can always donate to charities and organizations or bring the issue up by getting in touch with elected officials. Every little bit counts and these people need all the help they can get.
As Gandhi once said: “we must be the change we want to see in the world.”