The National Remember Our Troops Campaign is dedicated to remembering the service and sacrifice of all military service members, all veterans, and their family service remembering those in need and letting them know they are not forgotten.
Who are homeless veterans?
According to The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), there are about 154,000 homeless veterans on a typical night in America.
Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness. Only 7% of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly 13% of the homeless adult population are veterans.
The evolving gender mix of the military — women represent 15% of the military population — poses new challenges for the nation’s support system for returning veterans and their families. The VA and homeless veteran service providers are also seeing increased numbers of female and male veterans with children seeking their assistance.
In today’s tough economic times, many of our servicemembers, veterans and their families, particularly those who have been recently deployed, through no fault of their own, find themselves unemployed, under-employed, homeless or AT-RISK of being homeless.
This tent housed a mother and her two young children while their father was serving our country until was able to locate them a solid roof over their heads until their soldier was granted a living allowance.
Often overlooked is the military spouse or military family who may be living close or miles from their loved-one serving… who may also be in dire need of help and support. wants to help these families also, especially the young mom with young children involved.
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Why are veterans homeless?
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. Additionally, military occupations and training are not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing some veterans at a disadvantage when competing for employment.
Doesn’t VA take care of homeless veterans?
To a certain extent, yes. Each year, VA’s specialized homelessness programs provide health care to almost 150,000 homeless veterans and other services to more than 112,000 veterans. Additionally, more than 40,000 homeless veterans receive compensation or pension benefits each month. Other government agencies are also providing support.
Since 1987, VA’s programs for homeless veterans have emphasized collaboration with such community service providers to help expand services to more veterans in crisis.
What seems to work best?
According to The National Coalition For Homeless Veterans, the most effective programs for homeless and at-risk veterans are community-based non-profit groups.
Government money, while important, is limited, and available services are often at capacity. It is critical, therefore, those community groups reach out to help provide the support, resources, and opportunities that most Americans take for granted.
This is where NROTC comes in!
REFERRAL HOTLINE is unique in its services. The 800# is answered live and is not a recording unless a member of our Professional Services Team is assisting another Veteran or Military Family. Our specialists are experienced service officers who work directly with the VA, other charities, and corporations who provide direct assistance and grants. EVERY MISSED CALL IS CALLED BACK WITHIN 48 HOURS. So far in 2017 has received 255 calls resulting in confirmed assistance to 241 Veterans and Military Families.
believes that no veteran or military family, especially a military family with young children involved, should ever find themselves living on the streets due to lack of transportation, meaningful employment or government assistance.
If you know of a veteran or a military or veteran family in need, please refer them to this page.
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