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Welcome to Helping Our Veterans

Helping Our Veterans goal is to assist our veterans regain their pride, dignity and respect of the community. Helping Our Veterans, Inc is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

FACTS > HOMELESS VETERAN FACTS

1 out of every 4 homeless men (or 25%) in the United States is a Veteran. There are anywhere from 529,000 to 840,000 Veterans who are homeless at some time during the year.

Facts 1> The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 76,000 veterans sleep on the streets every night.

Facts 2> Despite the fact that only 8% of the U.S. population can claim status as a veteran, veterans make up 17% of the homeless population.

 

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Helping Our Veterans Belief: No Veteran Should Be Without a Place to Call Home

What Veterans Who Are Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness Should do for Help

Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness are strongly encouraged to contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for assistance. If Veterans do not have access to a phone or the internet, only then are they to visit their closest VA medical center without calling in advance. VA also urges Veterans who are not homeless or at risk of homelessness to contact their VA medical center before visiting for any reason. These steps are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Each VA facility has created separate areas or zones to isolate Veterans with possible or confirmed COVID-19 from uninfected patients who need other routine and emergent care. VA is also identifying appropriate quarantine options for Veterans who are homeless to receive treatment if they are symptomatic or screen positive for COVID-19 but are not ill enough for hospital-level care.

Helping Our Veterans

Who are homeless veterans?

Homeless Veterans

The term “veteran” means a person who served in the active military, Naval, or Air Service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.

Since 1987, VA’s programs for homeless veterans have emphasized collaboration with such community service providers to help expand services to more veterans in crisis. VA, using its own resources or in partnerships with others, has secured nearly 15,000 residential rehabilitative and transitional beds and more than 30,000 permanent beds for homeless veterans throughout the nation.

Homeless Veterans2

DEMOGRAPHICS OF HOMELESS VETERANS

1 %
Mental illness
1 %
Disabilities
1 %
Substance Abuse
1
Veterans Incarcerated

EXPLORE KEY HOMELESS VETERANS PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES

VA Claim or Appeal Status

Check your disability claim and appeal status

  1. Find out how much money you have left to pay for school or training
  2. Refill your prescriptions and communicate with your health care team

VA Housing Assistance

VA housing assistance can help Veterans, service members, and their surviving spouses buy a home or refinance a loan.

They also offer benefits and services to help you build, improve, or keep your current home.

 

The Board of Veterans Appeals

The Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) is making changes to keep Veterans safe from exposure to COVID-19 while continuing its mission of providing hearings and deciding appeals.

The Appeals Board is temporarily suspended all in-person (travel board, video and Central Office) hearings. 

Virtual hearings remain available. The Board continues to assess the situation in partnership with Veterans Service Organizations and representatives and will resume in-person hearings as soon as possible.

They are requesting that Veterans work with their representatives to elect a virtual hearing or to reschedule hearings.

In addition, Veterans who prefer to wait for travel board, video or central office hearings to resume will receive top priority in hearing rescheduling.

WHAT’S NEW

Veterans Treatment Court

Veterans Treatment Courts go online to support Veterans during COVID-19 pandemic. To continue serving Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic, Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) across the country have moved to services online. VA’s Homeless Programs Office supports VTCs through the participation of its Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists. These VJO specialists assess Veteran defendants’ treatment needs and link them with the appropriate VA treatment services.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness. ABOUT THE LIFELINE

Disability Compensation

Disability Compensation is a tax free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Compensation may also be paid for post-service disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service.

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