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Furnish A Veteran

Stories of Hope

Some of the veterans we have served come from harsh backgrounds of substance abuse,

 divorce, and years of being on the street. 

One veteran (Jason Maxwell), U.S. Army) was homeless for over 4 years. Jason served in 

the Army most of his life and after 16 years of service decided to get out to spend time

 with his two girls. 

PTSD took its toll on Jason’s life and eventually led him to losing his family and going to

 drugs and alcohol to escape the pain of his losses. For 4 years, Jason wandered the streets

 of Charleston until he came across a VA program to get him back on his feet.

 After 8 long months of treatment, the VA gave him a place to live with 6 months of rent 

and utilities paid for to help get Jason back into life. When entering his new apartment, 

Jason saw an empty 960 sq ft apartment.

 Thoughts of the time when his family left him dragged him down. He slept on the floor

 for 3 nights, crying and feeling lost. Jason, in need of things to make his apartment a place

 he could call “Home” did not have the financial means to obtain these things which, he so

desperately needed. When he called his outreach patient clinic, he was lead to the 

Furnish A Veteran organization in his area. 

   Jason called, looking for items he could get and anything to sleep on. They told him to

 come down and take a look. Later that day, Jason had not only a new bed, but also a living room and dining set to get him started.

Here are some comments from veterans we have helped:

“I had nowhere else to turn to. I was afraid of being in a empty place. I felt like I was back

 in Al Anbar (Iraq). I was going to leave and go back on the streets until my VA counselor

 told me about a program for free furniture for Veterans. I couldn’t turn it down.”

“These guys are the best! They got me a new bed and a couple of couches that I needed

 and it was FREE!!! God bless these guys. I am so glad to see veterans helping other

 veterans. They gave me hope when I didn’t have any left.”

Who Are Homeless Vets?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that the nation’s homeless

 veterans are predominantly male, with roughly 8% being female. The majority (but,

 not all) are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or

 substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. 

Roughly 40% of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only 

accounting for 10.4% and 3.4% of the U.S. veteran population, respectively.

America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War,

 Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq 

(OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half 

of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served our country 

for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone.

About 1.4 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness

 due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded

 or substandard housing.

How many homeless veterans are there?

Although flawless counts are impossible to come by – the transient nature of homeless

 populations presents a major difficulty – the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban

 Development (HUD) estimates that 49,933 veterans are homeless on any given night.

Approximately 12,700 veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi

 Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND) were homeless in 2010. The number

 of young homeless veterans is increasing, but only constitutes 8.8% of the overall

 homeless veteran population.

Why are veterans homeless?

In addition to the complex set of factors influencing all homelessness – extreme

 shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large

 number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic

 stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of

 family and social support networks. Additionally, military occupations and training are

 not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing some veterans at a

 disadvantage when competing for employment.

A top priority for homeless veterans is secure, safe, clean housing that offers a

 supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol.

Please, help us with your Desperately Needed Tax Deductible Donations!?
It takes approximately $50 to Furnish A Veteran, 
10 people donating a minimal $5 each will Furnish 1 Veterans Home.
These Men, Women, & Their Families Have Sacrificed Everything For Us (You & Me). Can You Find It In Your Heart To Give Them A Chance To Live As They Did Before They Answered The Call To Protect Americans And The Freedoms We Enjoy?
Every Donation, no matter how Small or Large is Desperately Needed and Dearly Appreciated! 

FurnishAVeteran.org has already helped 120 American Veterans since 11/15/2015 (101 Days) and this is just the very beginning. 

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