As National Suicide Prevention Month comes to a close, we want to reach out to a representation of veterans who cannot be ignored—those who are homeless. While individuals who served their country should never be without roofs over their heads, all too many don’t know where they are going to sleep at night.
Fortunately, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the White House have set a goal to end homelessness within the next five years. Resources and options for homeless veterans have already been implemented, in fact.
But the numbers are still staggering:
• Approximately one-third of homeless adult males and one-fourth of all adults who are homeless have served in the military
• Half of all homeless veterans suffer from some kind of mental illness
• More than two-thirds of homeless veterans have drug or alcohol abuse problems
But the VA offers options for homeless veterans, the only federal agency that coordinates with a number of programs geared toward individuals who are homeless. Disability benefits, health care, rehabilitation services and education are available to them. Also, veterans who have significant mental health issues can be placed in local programs for quality housing. The VA’s ultimate goal is to help homeless veterans become self-sufficient to provide for their own needs.
We encourage veterans who are homeless and their loved ones to visit Veteranscrisisline.net. There, you can have access to a chat service that offers clinical assessments for veterans, and you can receive medical referrals along with assistance for employment and housing. You can also contact the crisis line by dialing 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1.
If you are a veteran and believe you may be eligible to receive benefits from the VA, contact the Charlotte Veterans Benefits Lawyers of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, toll-free at 877-526-3455 or by clicking here. We offer 100% free initial consultations to discuss how you can get the benefits you deserve.