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.

 

OurMilitary.mil – DOD Community Relations Webpage

Sgt. Vincent Hancock - Olympic Gold Medal Winner

Greenwich, United Kingdom; Vincent Hancock (USA) competes in day two of the skeet men qualification during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Royal Artillery Barracks. Vincent is a Sergeant in the US Army.

I wanted to bring your attention to the DOD Community Relations webpage.  It’s called OurMilitary.mil.  OurMilitary.mil has information concerning Veterans and our Troops, with a wide range of topics, employment, education, health care, and even the Summer Olympics  (see: http://www.ourmilitary.mil/recent-news/news-archive/usas-vincent-hancock-wins-gold-in-skeet-shooting/) OurMilitary.mil is quite a complete webpage with more information than I could ever imagine.  It has hundreds of stories and links and I would have to give the DOD an A+ for the work here.

 

Red Sox Foundation and MGH – Ride For Our Heroes 9.22.12

Red Sox Foundation & MGH – Ride For Our Heroes 9.22.12

A True Motorcycle Enthusiast Event!

New England-area motorcycle enthusiasts are kick-starting their bikes and riding in the 2012 Ride for Our Heroes on Saturday, September 22. The Ride for Our Heroes is a true motorcycle enthusiast event honoring our nation’s service members, veterans and their families, while raising vital funds for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.

Riders are encouraged to make fundraising for the Home Base Program an important part of their event participation. Prizes will be awarded for reaching fundraising goals. Every dollar helps to make a difference in the lives of New England veterans and their families.

The Ride features three starting points from locations throughout New England and will kick-off with an opening ceremony and acknowledgement of local military heroes. The Ride concludes with the WZLX Ride for Our Heroes Party at Fort Devens in Devens, MA.

 

Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114
617-726-2200 | [email protected]

Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program

Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care and support services to New England-area Service Members, Veterans and families affected by combat or deployment-related stress or traumatic brain injury. We offer clinical and community education on these “invisible wounds of war” and conduct research in the understanding and treatment of post traumatic stress (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury.

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program is the first program of its kind in the nation.  The Home Base Program:

Phone: (617) 724-5202

 

  • http://www.massgeneral.org/
  • http://www.redsoxfoundation.org/
  • http://www.homebaseprogram.org/

There & Back Again | Veteran reintegration support for ALL Veterans

There & Back Again is a nonprofit organization that supports the well-being of service-members. Our mission is to provide reintegration support services to combat veterans of all conflicts.

The Whole Body Approach

We are all made up of different parts of our “self” —our mind/thoughts, physical body, emotional and spiritual beings. War is an extreme experience that can disconnect us from one or all aspects of our “self”. This program provides veterans with an opportunity to begin the process of reconnecting and reintegrating all parts to fully participate in your “life”.

Our programs incorporate a variety of wellness practices including yoga, meditation, martial arts, massage therapy, acupuncture, Reiki, and many others. We provide tools to veterans so that they can participate in their own healing. Many veterans find that these wellness practices,  in conjunction with traditional therapies help them manage and process their combat experience and “navigate life after war”.

Please visit:  http://thereandback-again.org/