I am sure you will agree that those two words should never be used in the same sentence. The facts are that over 50,000 veterans are homeless on any given night in the United States. Nearly 600 homeless Veterans are in in the Capital District. Also devastating is that 22 Veterans commit suicide each day.
Imagine. Imagine not knowing where you were going to sleep at night. Imagine not knowing where, when and if you would eat again. Imagine everything you own, fitting in one backpack. Imagine.
Imagine being homeless, sleeping on the cold, hard ground with nothing. No clean clothes, no money for food, nothing to drink, not even a family to talk to. Imagine.
Being homeless or at risk for homelessness is one of the most difficult things a person can face. Lacking the security of knowing where you will sleep at night, having no place to keep your belongings, and not having the ability to care for your person and family can lead to stress, anger, a sense of shame, depression, and physical discomfort..
This is the reality of Veterans who find themselves homeless.
Most people are fortunate enough never to have to experience homelessness. But for those who do, it can be a very traumatic experience that is hard to escape from, damaging physical and emotional well-being along the way