You Have Forgotten Me
Support our homeless Veterans


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THE SITUATION:
As of this moment there are roughly 350,000 Homeless Veterans in America on any given night. The numbers are expected to increase dramatically as more Veterans become separated from their respective branches of service. There are inadequate resources available for Homeless Veterans. The VA estimates that of 400,000 homeless veterans each year, they can only reach 25%, leaving 300,000 to seek help from local government agencies and service organizations in their communities. A number of these service organizations are 501(c)(3) and rely on grants and donations.

WHO ARE OUR HOMELESS VETERANS?
Homeless Veterans are homeless largely because they have done our bidding. They have served our great Nation and suffered as a result, the root cause for many is PTSD. The Homeless Veteran population can be broken down as follows;
67% have served three years or more,
85% have a high school diploma or a GED, and almost
90% (89%) received an Honorable Discharge.
In other words before they went into the service and during their term they conducted themselves appropriately.

HOW MANY HOMELESS VETERANS ARE THERE?
Accurate numbers, community-by-community, are not available. Some communities do annual counts; others do an estimate based on a variety of factors. Contact the closest Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, Homeless Coordinator or the office of your Mayor or other presiding government offices to get local information.

The Urban Institute, in conjunction with the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (NSHAPC) done in 1996, projected that: Each year, 2.3 million to 3.5 million people experience homelessness in America. By taking 23% of that range for Veterans, that would indicate there are between 529,000 and 840,000 Veterans who are homeless at some time during the year. To get the full report "Helping America's Homeless," published by The Urban Institute Press in 2001, visit www.urban.org

THE SOLUTION:

Our vision is to assist Homeless Veterans in regaining their sense of pride and purpose in a continuing effort to reward them for the sacrifice they made for our Country by providing ongoing assistance and services to help them back on their feet.

In the immortal words of Frederick Douglas, “You can’t tell a man to pull himself up by his bootstraps when he has no boots.”

Our vision is; through these services to provide these brave men and women, with the tools and services they need, as in “boots”, to regain a firm footing within the mainstream of American Society.

 

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