Homeless and Hungry Veterans in America

The #1 problem that I just cannot wrap my head around and understand is homeless and hungry Veterans in America.  I can’t figure it out.  I just do not understand the whys or the hows about it.  Women and men that fought for our great country are sleeping on the streets, in cardboard shacks and in abandoned cars, AND they are hungry.  Days and weeks go by and these GREAT AMERICAN HEROES are without a hot meal, clean clothes and a shower.  People walk past them on the streets and mutter, “Get a job…”  God knows that these women and men would work if they could only find a job.  Problem is that there’s just no work for anyone.  And too few Americans care about what is happening to our Heroes.  Nothing can make me understand this phenomenon. 

Women Veterans are three time more likely to be at risk of homelessness than non-veteran women.

WHAT?  How can that be?  WHY is this happening?  HOW can this happen?  IS this the way America wants her Veterans to be treated?  What can we do to change this in America?  America is the greatest nation in the World.  America is rich beyond belief, but we have homeless and hungry VETERANS.

I ask each and every one that reads this post to change the statistics and how America treats her Heroes.  I’ll post a bunch of links where YOU can make a difference.  And it’s not all about money either.  Volunteering and giving some of yourself to put an end to hunger and homelessness.  When you don’t have a dollar in your own pocket, you can still give a smile.  Don’t look down on our Street Vets.  A little understanding and a smile goes a LONG way.  If your of the type that prays and believes in a Power Greater than yourself…say a prayer asking Her or Him to help them AND you overcome this problem.  Bring a bag of apples or oranges to a homeless shelter.  Think.  This is our problem, they are our Sisters and Brothers.  Love, compassion, understanding and support are what our Heroes need.  They need a hand up and not a hand out.  Respect.  Dignity.  These are honorable men and women.

I know first hand what it’s like to be without a job and without a home.  I survived the streets of Boston.  I’ve been hungry and alone out there.  I don’t want to go back there.  Most importantly, I do not want my Brothers or Sisters to go through what I went through.

As promised, here are the links for you to consider.  Do what you can, whatever that may be to help.  Thank you.  – J. Barry

Business and Professional Woman’s Foundation – Connect a Vet Resources

Make the Connection – Homelessness – Veterans

Help a Homeless Veteran – VA.gov

For Homeless Women Veterans – VA.gov

The Veterans Site – Feed a Veteran  <– This site will cost you 1 click!

New England Center for Homeless VeteransA Hand UP!  Not a Hand out!

Volunteers of America – Veterans Services

Project Foot – A Charity For Homeless Veterans and Military Families

The Veteran Homestead Inc.

The Jericho Project – Off the Streets – On With Life

Feed Our Vets – Food Pantry

The above links are just a sample of some wonderful ways for you to SUPPORT AND HELP  AMERICA’S HEROES.

 

Fathers of the Brave

Fathers Of The Brave is dedicated to supporting the fathers of America’s military men and women through community, shared information, and referrals. While we welcome the input of all individuals, our focus is on the fathers of U.S. service personnel, active or reserve, at home or on deployment. Fathers Of The Brave is open to all such individuals regardless of race, creed, or marital status. We are a non-profit organization.

firebase116.org proudly supports our Troops and the Americans that support our Troop.

FEED OUR VETS!

FEED OUR VETSEVERY DAY NEARLY 1000 SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND MARINES BECOME NEW U.S. VETERANS.  1.5 MILLION VETERANS ARE AT RISK OF BECOMING HOMELESS AND BEING HUNGRY.  130,000 VETERANS ARE HOMELESS AND HUNGRY ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT.

The Mission of the Feed Our Vets non-profit food pantry organization is to provide good, nutritious food for Veterans in the United States whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger.

The Objective of Feed Our Vets non-profit food pantry organization is to have fully stocked veteran food pantries set up in accessible locations all across the country. We support those who have fought for us, by providing food for veterans.

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Donate to Feed Our Vets

We need your support because our nation’s military Veterans have served and sacrificed for our freedom. We believe it is our duty to give back to these men and women who have given so much for our country. 100% of your online donation for veterans helps feed hungry and homeless veterans. Too many Veterans are ending up jobless and homeless. Too many are going hungry. Won’t you join us in feeding our homeless and hungry US Veterans today? Donate now to fight Veteran hunger today. Thank you for your kind contribution!

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CLICKING HERE WILL OPEN UP A SECURE WINDOW AT THE NETWORK FOR GOOD. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS!

PLEASE VISIT THE FEED OUR VETS WEBPAGE, CLICK ON THE LINKS ABOVE OR CLICK HERE: http://www.feedourvets.org/

 

 

Thank a Vet – Philadelphia

Thank America’s Veterans for Our Freedom @ The Bourse Building

Friday, September 21, 2012; 10am-4pm

(World Gratitude Day)

Thank-A-Vet is asking Philadelphia to come together on Friday, September 21 (World Gratitude Day), to give Appreciation to America’s Military Veterans for the Freedom we enjoy every day! We will have a gigantic Thank You board for people to sign and Veterans to thank in person at the Bourse Building, 111 South Independence Mall East in Philadelphia.

We will also be collecting socks (Thank-A-Vet www.thankavet.us ), canned food (Feed Our Vets www.feedourvets.org ) and toiletries (Support Homeless Veterans www.supporthomelessveterans.org ) for Veterans that are working hard to make it home.

Please contact us at [email protected] or by calling 732-570-8339, if you would like to be involved.

Thank you for Thanking Our Veterans,

Shannon N. Drake www.thankavet.us