It’s easy to become disheartened with how our veterans can be treated in this country sometimes. They put their lives on the line for the country they love and, when they return home, they can sometimes be forgotten about.
Rates of veteran homelessness, PTSD, drug abuse, and suicide are all at shockingly high numbers. And as the wars abroad continue, the social safety nets puts in place become more stretched and more vets end up in undesirable situations. Now, to be fair, the amount of homeless vets in America has declined in recent years. This is to be expected, though, as less boots are on the ground in the Middle East than at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
However, that doesn’t mean there still aren’t tens of thousands of servicemen and women who need help.
And this is where an organization in Kansas City comes into play.
In 2014, there were 49,933 homeless veterans living in the USA.
This number represents a whopping 8.6% of the entire homeless population in the country. That doesn’t make any sense! These men and women put their lives on the line to serve overseas and, since coming home, nearly 10% of them are homeless.
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Veteran suicide, in 2014, reached 20 a day.
That’s not a typo. 7,403 veterans took their lives in 2014 alone. The numbers are staggering. The veterans need counseling, they need assistance, and (arguably) most of all, they need some empathy.
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This is where the Veteran’s Community Project comes into play.
“Veterans Community Project (VCP) was launched on Veteran’s Day in November of 2015 to address the unmet needs of hundreds of homeless veterans in Kansas City,” reads the VCP website. Their mandate is admirable:1. End Veteran homelessness in Kansas City.2. Connect veterans within the community in order to meet any need they may have. The third goal is to never say no to a veteran in need or a veteran that wishes to give back.3. Facilitate the veteran community in supporting each other, while also providing a way for the community at large to give back to its veterans.The way in which they plan to accomplish their first mandate is awesome.
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Find out how the Veteran’s Community Project is going to end veteran homelessness in Kansas City on the next page.