HOME FOR HOMELESS VETS

Organized by: Rick LaMarche

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THE STORY:

Far too many veterans are homeless in America—between 130,000 and 200,000 on any given night—representing about a ¼ of the homeless population. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 131,000 veterans are homeless on any given night and approximately twice that many experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities has put on a uniform and served this country. Here are some statistics concerning the veterans homeless: 23% of homeless population is veterans 67% served three or more years for our country 33% were stationed in war zone 89% received Honorable Discharge In 2008, according to the annual homeless assessment report to Congress, only 3% of the shelter’s beds were reserved for the veterans. It is estimates that the VA serves about 25% of veterans in need – a figure that would leave approximately 300,000 veterans each year to seek assistance from local government agencies and voluntary organizations. In general, the needs for homeless veterans do not differ from those of other homeless people. The most effective programs are “community-based, "veterans helping veterans" groups” With the help of your donation we will be able to give the veterans the respect they deserve, they where willing to give their lives for our freedom at least we can give them a comfortable place to stay. The street is not that place. The way this program works and keeps working is every vet staying in the housing units will help repair/build another unit for next vet to have a home. They work 20 hours per week in exchange for a nice comfortable place for the week, The project will be supervised by construction professionals and will train the vets as needed. They will learn new job skills, relearn successful work habits, and regain a sense of self-esteem and self-worth. This is the help they need to be successful in live not just given a couple bucks here and there and be told go away.

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