Veterans across the United States need your help to overcome serious service-related issues, from suicide to homelessness. Learn more about how you can help this Veterans Day.
On any given night, nearly 40,000 veterans are homeless, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The American Homeless Families Foundation distributes survival packs to homeless veterans in the cold winter months. Each kit contains warm clothing and a month’s supply of food. Learn more.
That’s the approximate cost of diapers for a baby’s first two years of life. When you’re transitioning from military to civilian life, it can be a insurmountable expense, especially if you’re struggling to find a job. Jake’s Diapers, Inc., in partnership with the Center for Suicide Awareness, sends cloth diapers to families who are struggling to make ends meet. Learn more.
As many as 20% of vets from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The unconditional love and companionship of a dog is a form of therapy in itself. Canines With a Cause rescues dogs from high-kill shelters and places them in loving homes with vets. Learn more.
This is the number of sexual assaults reported by military service members in 2016 alone. Shelley is a former U.S. Army officer who was assaulted on duty in Iraq. “One night I was leaving a guest house, and I was assaulted. And I just got up and walked away from it like nothing ever happened. And I began to notice there was something wrong with me,” she said. Shelley was able to process the trauma in part through telling her story to 3 Generations, a nonprofit that gives voice to veterans’ experiences through film. Learn more.
It’s a sickening figure—roughly 20 veterans commit suicide every day, according to a study released last year. The stigma of mental illness often prevents vets from seeking help, so the International Medical Crisis Response Alliance launched an online therapy program that’s easy for vets to access. Learn more.
Featured Banner Photo: War Vets Heal with Help of Shelter Dogs by Canines With a Cause