We fail to understand why there are veterans who are homeless in this country, sleeping on the streets of our cities. These are the very men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our country, and scores of others, free. Many were disabled while fighting for that very freedom. It is past time for this country to come together and end this despicable tragedy in America. We ask our fellow Americans to join us in ending both homelessness and unemployment among our military veterans.
Our mission is to help veterans who are unemployed and/or homeless, and at risk, to live independently by helping them become self-sufficient. In other words, to provide veterans with a true hand up, and not merely a handout.
Formed by a group of Department of Veterans Affairs Outreach Center volunteers who saw a need for housing and employment services for homeless and unemployed veterans in the early 1990’s, we are an I.R.S. approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since incorporating in February, 1991. Approximately 12,000 veterans have received assistance in various forms from our organization to date.
Although accurate counts are virtually impossible to come by—the transient nature of homeless populations presents a major difficulty—the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs currently “estimates” that over 67,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness. Only eight percent of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly one-fifth of the homeless population are veterans. As for the unemployed veterans in our country, the Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that in January, 2012, the unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans in the United States is at a staggering 13.2%. This does not even begin to address the employment problems faced by our veterans from the Vietnam Era up to 9/11.