In his blog Stone Soup Station, Steven Samra says, “One of the most gut wrenching, heartbreaking things I’ve had to deal with while working with veterans is telling a man or woman with a family that there were no resources available to assist them as their world collapsed around them and they hit the bricks.”
A lack of resources has always been an issue when talking about serving or housing the homeless, and it can not be easy to tell someone who just needs a warm place to say that there is nowhere for them to go! And it is even harder to watch capable human beings, such as veterans who are coming home, become chronically homeless because of the lack of support services present to help them land on their feet. Services that are needed to help those who are on the brink of becoming homeless or the recent homeless are case managers and employment training groups. All it takes is some education to get a person back to where they need to be.
Veterans gave the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives and time to protect those of us living in freedom in America. The least we could do is help support them as they ease their way back into civilian life. HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program has a Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) that provides a variety of support services for the VA. Support services that include a Guided Job-Search workshop to help those in need find a job that fit them best.
Find out how you can help by learning more about HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program and the HVRP, or help directly by donating at HealthNet’s website.