The American Legion places special priority on the
issue of veteran homelessness. With veterans making up approximately 16% of our nation's total adult homeless population,
there's plenty of reason to give the cause special concern.
We Can All Do Something to End Veteran Homelessness
committed to ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. No one who has served our country should ever go without a safe,
stable place to call home.
The entire department has put its energy and resources into ending Veteran homelessness. VA's programs provide
individualized, comprehensive care to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Still, VA cannot do it alone. Organizations and
individuals in communities across the country are integral to providing services to Veterans and spreading the word about
the resources VA provides to end and prevent homelessness among Veterans.
Know that one phone call can be the difference in
the life of a Veteran who is homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Make the Call to 877-4AID-VET (424-3838) to
be connected 24/7 with VA's services to overcome or prevent homelessness for yourself or a Veteran you know.
U.S. soldiers served in the military sacrificing part of their lives to give us
our freedom. Now each veteran needs our support. Makua Aloha Center stands up for them and supports them in any way possible
to meet each individuals need. We ask you to help support by volunteering and/or supporting with your donation(s).
President Obama Supports All VeteransAnd for veterans trying to find work in a very tough economy, we’re helping
with job training and placement. And I’ve directed the federal government to make it a priority to hire more veterans,
including disabled veterans. (Applause.) And every business in America needs to know our vets have the training,
they’ve got the skills, they have the dedication -- they are ready to work. And our country is stronger when we
tap the incredible talents of our veterans. (Applause.)
those coming home injured, we’re continuing to direct unprecedented support to our wounded warriors in uniform -- more
treatment centers, more case managers -- delivering the absolute best care available. For those who can, we want to
help them get back to where they want to be -- with their units. And that includes service members with a disability,
who still have so much to offer our military.
directing unprecedented resources to treating the signature wounds of today’s wars -- traumatic brain injury and Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder. (Applause.) And I recently signed into law the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health
Services Act. That’s a long name, but let me tell you what it does. It not only improves treatment for traumatic
brain injury and PTSD, it gives new support to many of the caregivers who put their own lives on hold to care for their loved
And as so many of you know, PTSD is a
pain like no other -- the nightmares that keep coming back, the rage that strikes suddenly, the hopelessness that’s
led too many of our troops and veterans to take their own lives. So today, I want to say in very personal terms to anyone
who is struggling -- don’t suffer in silence. It’s not a sign of weakness to reach out for support -- it’s
a sign of strength. Your country needs you. We are here for you. We are here to help you stand tall.
Don’t give up. Reach out. (Applause.)
making major investments in awareness, outreach, and suicide prevention -- hiring more mental health professionals, improving
care and treatment. For those of you suffering from PTSD, we’re making it a whole lot easier to qualify for VA
benefits. From now on, if a VA doctor confirms a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, that is enough -- no matter
what war you served in. (Applause.)
These are the commitments
my administration has made. These are the promises we’ve worked to keep. This is the sacred trust we have
pledged to uphold -- to you and all who serve.
Veterans Who Fought ~ On Your Behalf Are Struggling
Roughly one in three
U.S. homeless adults is a veteran. Some 131,000 veterans, about 97 percent male, are estimated to be homeless on any given
- Many other veterans are considered at risk for
homelessness because of poverty, lack of social support, and dismal living conditions in cheap hotels or substandard or overcrowded
- About 45 percent of homeless veterans have mental
illness, and more than 70 percent suffer from drug or alcohol abuse. There is considerable overlap between the two groups.
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