Thursday, November 21, 2019

Homeless Veterans

A message from Past Department Commander Richard Chatman.

November 16 - 24, is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. As we enter the holiday season, I'm asking all my FB friends to please not forget about our homeless Veteran brothers and sisters. Get up to speed on the various agencies and organizations that assist Veterans and those who will not have Thanksgiving dinner.

The VA is a great source for helping.

During National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 16 – 24), we are all reminded of the close association between food insecurity and homelessness. VA is committed to helping address both of these potentially life-threatening conditions among Veterans. In addition to administrating evidence-based programs that have contributed to a 50% decline in Veteran homelessness between 2010 and 2019, VA also operate nearly 20 food pantries at VAMCs across America to help meet the nutritional needs of Veterans who do not have enough to eat. VA also offers a variety of programs to address many of the root causes of food insecurity such as insufficient income and employment instability. Despite VA's efforts, which include providing food to vulnerable Veterans in many communities and helping homeless and at-risk Veterans and their family members exit or avoid homelessness, more work remains to ensure every Veteran has enough food and a place to call home.