They Fought for Our Home. Now Help Us Fight for Theirs.
On a single night in January 2011, 67,495 Veterans were homeless in the United States. This is unacceptable: Veterans who have honorably served our country should have a safe and secure place to call home.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aims to end Veteran homelessness by 2015. VA needs our help to meet this ambitious target. Volunteers of America has joined VA in its fight and is enlisting our members to support the cause.
Much is being done. VA has transformed its programs for Veterans who are homeless and those who are at risk of homelessness—and their families as well. Veterans nationwide are eligible for comprehensive, coordinated access to health care, housing, employment, education, job counseling and training, and justice system assistance and benefits. Homeless Veterans and those at risk of homelessness can gain access to VA services 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline, toll-free, at 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838).
Even more can be accomplished. We can use Volunteers of America’s commitment to supporting our Veterans:
- Know the Facts. Any Veteran may be at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support from family and friends, and substance abuse or mental health issues. All Veterans and their families have earned access to VA benefits, community-based supports, and other resources.
- Spread the Word. VA has specialized programs to assist homeless and at-risk Veterans and operates the nation’s largest network of homeless assistance programs. Make sure Veterans know about this support and help them get the care they deserve.
- Make the Call. Trained responders are ready to talk confidentially by phone or online chat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Veterans, family members, friends, and other supporters can call the hotline toll-free at 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838) or visit www.va.gov/homeless.