Immediate Need for the Invisible Veteran
Organized by: Marie Muldrew-Buchanan
There are many veterans who fall into the category of the "Invisible Veteran". These are veterans who, despite the fact that they are veterans and have served this country honorably, are exempt from receiving benefits from Veteran Financial Assistance Programs and Veteran Housing. The reason for exemption is that the programs require the veteran to be employed or have substance abuse issues before assistance is provided. This is not only putting the cart before the horse, it is placing veterans and their families stranded on a dirt road. "Invisible Veterans" are between jobs and simply require enough funds to prevent being evicted while job hunting. A substantial group of "Invisible Veterans" are females, Head of Household and do not have the option of finding a shelter to house themselves and their dependents. There are also individuals who have worked for non-profit organizations and are unaware that the organization does not pay into Unemployment Insurance. In all of these cases, the final check that is received after being laid off is the only funding available. This check is not enough to sustain them and their families for many weeks and eviction is the result. By providing financial support to "Invisible Veterans" eviction will no longer be a factor, households will not be dismantled, fewer veterans and their families will be on the streets. But the most important issue is preventing the overwhelming and greatly expensive cost of eviction and homelessness for those who have served.
Please contribute $1.00 to $5.00 to the Invisible Veteran Fund. With this small donation, the goal of $30,000. can be met within one month.