Men and women entering the Armed Forces do so under the following agreements: they raise their hands and swear to defend the Constitution of the United States and defend the freedoms stated in our founding documents. The men and women in the military serve with valor, courage and honor. For our part, those of us in the civilian community, we promise to support the Veteran and their families throughout their enlistment and after they separate from the military and for the remainder of their lives.
♦ As of 2014, the number of veterans who are homeless on any given night dropped to just under 50,000. While this is a significant decrease from five years earlier, the number is still much too high.
♦ Veterans count for a disproportionate number of people who are homeless. 24% of men and 2% of women are veterans.
♦ Unemployment among female veterans who have served since September 9th, 2001, was 12.4% higher than for their male counterparts.
♦ Female soldiers often experience military sexual assault (rape) and suffer from PTSD, substance abuse, and other impacts.
Shelter Care was awarded a grant to house families with a Veteran head of household, who has a disability, and is experiencing homelessness. Shelter Care has also been the past recipient of the Veteran Scratch-off Lottery grant which helps Veterans pay bills associated with housing to prevent homelessness or end an episode of homelessness quickly.
For more information about these programs, call 815-964-5520.