Homeless Vets: Brothers under the bridge

Over 67,000 veterans are homeless on any given night

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states the nation’s homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly five percent being female. The majority of them are single; come from urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About one-third of the adult homeless population are veterans.

America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone.

Roughly 56 percent of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 12.8 percent and 15.4 percent of the U.S. population respectively.

About 1.5 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

How to help (just a few suggestions):

Anyone can help, either by clicking on the website above or by clicking on the following links:

www.GoodSearch.com and www.GoodShop.com-sign up, select your cause, and every time you search and/or shop online through those sites you earn money towards supporting your charity such as NCHV

Download the song Coming Home to Me for $0.99 and the money goes to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Visit American Homeless Veterans Foundation, another non-profit, that’s also working to provide pro-bono legal services to homeless vets

Download the song Reaching for You for $0.99 and the money goes to the American Homeless Veterans Foundation