Homelessness among veterans has skyrocketed in recent years, and ending it has become one of the major U.S. military and veterans topics discussed by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. One nonprofit group isn’t counting on the government to help, as they’ve taken matters into their own hands. Known as Vet Hunters, this group actively searches out homeless veterans in order to provide them with the assistance they deserve.
The founding members of the group consist of former service members, along with the brother of a fallen soldier, a businessperson and musician. All of these individuals have one thing in common, and that is the fact that they are dedicated to doing their part to ending homelessness among veterans, and are willing to take a proactive approach toward doing so.
Rather than waiting for homeless veterans to seek out assistance on their own, this group embarks on “search and rescue missions” to locate these individuals personally. In doing so, they also establish counts of homeless veterans and map their villages in order to get a better understanding of how they are affected. This process is known as “vetworking”, and the group claims they have already helped more than 3,000 veterans to date.
Some of the things this group has been responsible for doing in addition to their search and rescue efforts are:
- Transporting homeless veterans to and from local resource centers
- Taking food and medical supplies directly to veterans in the field
- Providing hot showers and hygiene supplies
- Providing medical, dental and vision services
- Setting up mobile haircut operations
In 2012, the group reports they used more than $80,000 in private donations to help prevent veterans from becoming evicted, stop foreclosure and pay move-in expenses. They are a 501 (c) (3) organization, so any donations made are also tax deductible.
To find out more, you can visit the group’s Facebook page to see all the great things Vet Hunters is doing. Another example of true American Patriots helping our Vets!
“The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.”
~ Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)
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