VETERANS: WAR ON HOMELESSNESS | Written By: lovinglatie

veteran

(vet·er·anˈvedərən,ˈvetrən)

~ A person who has had long experience in a particular field. A person who has served in the military.

How is it possible for a veteran man or woman, who served our country who fought for our freedom end up on the streets?

“On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind” –Dan Lipniski

We only know what we were taught or practiced. So, how is it possible that our veterans who serve, honor and protect our country for the lives of so many are homeless? Men and women risked their lives to defend those who wouldn’t do the same in return if faced with

the same principles. Granted it was meant for them to execute their duties however, for what purpose if it serves no benefit to them.

Due to mental and physical illnesses Veterans find themselves at a dead end because they cannot successfully sustain housing without support. It’s almost a lose lose no matter which direction they look.

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ere is an urgency for more programs to be structured that are directed to our Veterans. We send them to war with unlimited resources and high volumes of training, however when they return they’re quickly abandoned.

“Homeless veterans need a coordinated effort that provides secure housing and nut

ritional meals; essential physical health care, substance abuse aftercare and mental health counseling; and personal development and empowerment. Veterans also need job assessment, training and placement assistance. NCHV strongly believes that all programs to assist homeless veterans must focus on helping veterans reach the point where they can obtain and sustain gainful employment. If not, clients will be unable to find and maintain safe, decent, permanent housing” (NCHV.org).

We need to come together and fight for the Veterans who fought for us and return the favor and fight for them.

Veterans that that have provided military service, programs have been established to help better serve them in addition, to preventing homelessness for our vets. “Homeless veterans can receive assistance both from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provided they have an eligible discharge status, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), regardless of discharge status” (Endhomelessness.org).

Ending veteran homelessness is very possible provided the programs created are used effectively and efficiently to offer the most assistance available.

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