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 Veterans
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.