According to Father’s day, we should be worried about how eager our kids will be to serve and defend our nation. While we honor and respect our military personnel, we also have to consider the harsh realities of life for veterans. One of these is homelessness.
If you ever see a homeless person, don’t ignore their situation. According to a study, about 1 in 10 of them are veterans. Also, the number of veterans at risk of experiencing homelessness is constantly rising due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Various organizations are dedicated to helping veterans and their families. One of these is the SSVF program of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. This program is designed to provide support services to families of military personnel. We’ll also talk about other veteran support groups and programs.
VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
The number of veterans experiencing homelessness reached a 10-year low in 2020. This is because of the support services provided by the SSVF program. It’s an important resource for those who are at risk of experiencing this type of situation.
National Resource Directory (NRD)
The Department of Defense (DOD) recovery coordination program has a directory that connects families of military personnel with supportive services. This collaboration is between the VA, the Department of Labor, and the DOD.
The NRD’s online directory provides a wide range of resources for people looking for local and national programs and organizations, such as:
- Health assistance
- Employment opportunities
- Education & Trainings
- Transportation & Travel
The American Legion
The American Legion is a national organization that has millions of members who help veterans. It provides various services such as employment opportunities and education. Its Heroes to Homes and Operation Comfort Warriors programs also offer health care coverage.
AMVETS (American Veterans)
Anyone who has served in the military, including reserves and the National Guard, is invited to join AMVETS. The organization provides a variety of free services, such as employment assistance, scholarships, and transition support.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross also offers confidential services to military personnel and their families. It can connect them with resources through its chapters in various cities across the US and military facilities all around the world.
Disabled American Veterans
The DAV was established in 1920 to help World War I veterans. It now serves disabled individuals and their families, including widows and orphans. The organization can help veterans find employment, apply for benefits, and get a ride through its various programs.