has a ten year history of helping veterans in need.
We do our part to help them and we applaud the efforts of other groups.
There are also over 154,000 veterans who are homeless on a typical night in America.
Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness. Nearly 20 percent of military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, (300,000 in all), report symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD) or major depression. Government money is limited and many veterans have fallen through the cracks. Suicides among active-duty troops and recently returning veterans is now an alarming 18 per day.
NROTC HELPS WITH:
*LATE MORTGAGE OR RENT PAYMENTS
*UTILITY BILL TURN-OFF NOTICES
*OVERDUE AUTO LOAN/INSURANCE PAYMENTS
Who are homeless veterans?
According to The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), about 154,000 Veterans are homeless on a typical night. 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.
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. However, there are many in need who… Fall through the cracks!
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 nonprofit groups.
Government money, while important, is limited, and available services are often at capacity. It is critical, therefore, that community groups reach out to help provide the support, resources and opportunities that most Americans take for granted.
This is where NROTC comes in!
NROTC’s VETERANS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM is our attempt to help those veterans who have honorably served, and who through no fault of their own, have met with hard times.
NROTC receives no government funding and our financial resources are limited to the amount of donations we receive from generous, patriotic and caring Americans throughout the USA.
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.
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