We have veterans that hail from MANY NATIONS in my guild, Tyrs Paladium. DDO has ALWAYS been a friendly home for many active and retired military folks. For many years, we have tried to raise awareness for veteran causes throughout the DDO community, and have always been taken aback by the positive response not only from veterans but the overall DDO community.
This year we'd like to highlight homeless veterans. The numbers are so staggering worldwide, it shocks even those who know of their serious plight.
* The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 49,933 veterans are homeless on any given night in America alone.
* 1,700 are women.
* Appx 53% of homeless veterans have disabilities.
* Veterans spend an average of nearly six years homeless, compared to four years among non-veterans.
There is a bright side however.
In 2010 there were roughly 76,000 homeless veterans sleeping on American streets. Thats almost 30,000 Veterans that found a home through the graces of volunteers and generous individuals in the communities surrounding them. This is an injustice we actually can CHANGE.
Please let us know how to help homeless veterans in YOUR COUNTRY so we can post it for everyone!
United States: The Department of Veterans Affairs, VFW – Veterans of Foreign Wars, HUDVET
Canada: Veteran’s Affairs Canada, Veteran’s Emergency Transition Services, Local Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion also are willing to help if they hear of a homeless veteran.
Austrialia: RSL Lifecare, Homelessness NSW
Stand Downs are typically one- to three-day events providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling.
Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. They are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers.
Look in your community for Veteran Stand Downs!! ANYONE can easily help at these community events.