Between 2013 and 2014, the United States homeless veteran community dropped by 10 percent - that’s 5,846 veterans who re-established stable housing. This is the type of impact we can accomplish together from supporting national initiatives to local programs in your own neighborhoods. But with almost 50,000 veterans still experiencing homelessness in the US, the work isn’t done yet.
Today we honor our veterans by showing gratitude to the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces. It’s also a day we should recognize that there are veterans who may need a hand up right in our own communities. Meet a few HandUp members who have previously served our nation, and learn how you can contribute to their goals:
Raymond, United States Army
Raymond served in the United States Army from 1979 to 1982. He is originally from Columbia, Mississippi with a degree as an EKG Technician from City College of San Francisco. Raymond struggled with homelessness for years but is now back on the path to stability. He signed up for HandUp just a few months ago and in that time met his fundraising goals to purchase new work clothes, food, and transportation to a job interview.
Sandra, United States Army
Sandra is a veteran of the United States Army who was born and raised in San Francisco. She has six children with two that currently serve in the US Army! With a love of sports, Sandra grew up participating in all kinds of activities from running to volleyball to softball. She joined HandUp one year ago to find support to meet her basic needs like food and purchasing needed prescriptions. Most recently Sandra fundraised for a plane ticket home to North Carolina so she could be with her family for the holidays.
Gilbert, United States Marine Corps
Gilbert is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He became homeless following his service but recently established permanent housing through the Veterans Association and the US Housing and Urban Development program. On HandUp, thanks to incredible donor support, Gilbert raised funds to help furnish his new home and just met his last goal to purchase a laptop for his education. Every one of your donations make a difference.
There are many ways to give back through organizations focused on the needs of active military, veterans, and their families: