BENEFITING: National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
EVENT DATE: Mar 18, 2012
I'm running the L.A. Marathon March 18 and am raising money for the National Coalition For Homeless Veterans:
Over 67,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness. Only 8% of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly one-fifth of the homeless population are veterans.
In addition to the complex set of factors influencing all homelessness – extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks.