Help stop the homeless veteran problem in this country!
In 2017 the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported finding roughly 40,000 homeless veterans in the United States. Those two words HOMELESS and VETERAN should never be uttered in the same sentence. The fact that they are says to me that we have a big problem in this country that needs to be addressed. We have a duty as Americans to fight for the men and women of the military that fought for our freedoms.
Below is my story of how I was at one time a homeless veteran:
I joined the Army in the summer of 2001 and was deployed with the 2nd Ranger Battalion to Afghanistan in 2002 and then to Iraq in 2003 with the 82nd Airborne Division. I saw heavy combat during my two tours. I was injured and was medically discharged in 2004. The years following my discharge from the Army seem like a big blur. These were years filled with alcoholism. Drinking was the only way I felt like I could cope with my PTSD. I couldn’t seem to get my life on the right track. As messed up as things got for me. I never would’ve imagined I would end up being a homeless veteran myself.
Well…that’s what happened. Eventually my alcoholism and series of bad choices led to me becoming a homeless veteran. I was sleeping on the streets of Jacksonville, FL. It was a struggle everyday just to survive as a homeless veteran. I was constantly looking over my shoulder for fear of being jumped and robbed by somebody. I didn’t have much to eat and I was always hungry.
I was fortunate enough to find a shelter that helped homeless veterans get back up on their feet. I would be lying if I said it was a fast process getting my life pieced back together, but it wasn’t. Over the span of the following four years I went back and forth from having my own place, to living back at the shelter, to being a homeless veteran, and starting the process of recovery all over again. I am very proud to say that I am back up on my feet know. Through the graces of God I am no longer a homeless veteran.
If you are a homeless veteran or know somebody who is please click on the below link National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Website. This website is an awesome guide and lists resources for homeless veterans by states.
We have a duty as Americans to help put a stop to this country’s homeless veteran problem. Below is a link to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. This link will tell you how you can specifically help homeless veterans in your area.