The Guardians Foundation saves lives!
Veterans can face unique physical, emotional, and financial challenges related to their service. Some of these challenges can lead to difficulty finding or keeping a home. Having a safe, stable place to call home can give Veterans a foundation to get back on their feet.
Homelessness Among Veterans
“Soldiers are returning with higher rates of injury, after multiple deployments, resulting in severe economic hardships,” says John Driscoll, president and chief executive officer of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. For both male and female veterans, PTSD is linked to an increased risk of depression and substance abuse, which exacerbate social isolation and make employment difficult.
The economic downturn and high unemployment rates add to the challenges these soldiers face on returning from active duty. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that among veterans aged 18 to 24, the unemployment rate is much higher — 30.2 percent.
All of these factors contribute to an increased risk of homelessness for returning veterans, even though they have higher education levels (62 percent of veterans over the age of 25 have at least some college compared with 56.4 percent of non-veterans) and higher median incomes compared with the general population. Female veterans and younger veterans are more than twice as likely to be homeless as their non-veteran counterparts. According to HUD’s 2011 Point-in-Time (PIT) Estimates of Homelessness, veterans constitute 14 percent of the homeless population, although they represent only 10 percent of the U.S. adult population. This PIT count documented 67,495 homeless veterans on a single night in January, a number that is 12 percent lower than a year earlier - due to the efforts of organizations such as ours. Throughout the entire year that ended in September 2010, nearly 145,000 veterans were homeless for at least one night.
"...many homeless in the streets of our cities are veterans who have, for one reason or another, fallen through the cracks."
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, the “VA is committed to ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.” But, these men and women, who sacrificed the comforts and joys of home and risked their lives for our country, need shelter NOW!
The Guardians Foundation, Inc. - Guardians of American Veterans - is a nonprofit 501c3 public charity that assists military veterans and their families with food, shelter, clothing, household items, counseling referrals, educational/job opportunities, and unexpected expenses.
Thank you to Post Falls Super 1 Foods for donating the the bags for our Giant Warehouse Sale where customers were able to stuff the bag with clothing or linens for only $10! Mark your calendar for the next Warehouse Sale May 20 & 21 from 9am-3pm.
TGF rescued Betty from the streets of Spokane, providing food, shelter & transportation; and helped her secure her own permanent residence. Click here for testimonials.
Founder, Michael Shaw
2016 ID Brightest Star awards celebrate the outstanding dedication and accomplishments of Idaho volunteers. Individuals are nominated for their outstanding civic contributions and represent the generous spirit of Idaho. Thanks to Merrakai Photography.