On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, we honor our nation’s military men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices for their country.
But sometimes their service comes at an immeasurable cost. As vets resume their civilian lives, many struggle with joblessness, mental health issues and homelessness.
With 6.3 percent of the nation’s veterans facing unemployment, an estimated 67,000 veterans sleeping on the streets on any given night and other grim statistics, our nation's service members need our help.
Find your own way to honor our nation's heroes this Veterans Day, or check out the organizations below that support former military members in need.
- Hire Heroes USA creates job opportunities for vets by providing personalized job training from other vets who have business experience.
- Wall Street Warfighters is a six-month in-residence course for vets and extensive training is provided to prepare vets for a career in the finance industry.
Veterans With Disabilities
- The Wounded Warrior Project helps veterans with both their physical and invisible wounds -- with a special emphasis on stress relief -- as they adjust to life on the home front.
- Homes For Our Troops raises money and provides services to build specially adapted homes for injured heroes.
- The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans -- a nonprofit network of local, state and federal agencies -- provides housing, food, health services and job training to thousands of homeless veterans every year.
- Operation Dignity offers transitional housing for homeless vets throughout California. The organization also provides health care assistance, parenting classes, relapse prevention, anger management training, empowerment training and more. The site indicates that a $25 donation can provide school supplies for kids and $100 can cover job training for a homeless vet.
Veterans Struggling with Mental Health Issues
- The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans with members in the VA through phone, chat or text, to provide care and even life-saving rescues to vets during this critical time.
- Give An Hour calls on mental health professionals to donate an hour of their time to troops and their families.
Veterans Trying To Acclimate
- The Coming Home Project helps returning soldiers adjust to life back home by offering a host of psychological, spiritual and family services.
- The Reboot Workshop is a three week course that helps soldiers transition by cultivating their employable skills.