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Celebrate Independence Day by Supporting Veterans

4 Ideas to Remember Those Who Served this Memorial Day via www.GreaterGood.org

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As the 4th of July approaches, we anticipate celebrating our nation’s Independence Day with parades, family picnics, and fireworks. While these festivities are a fun way to appreciate our freedom, we should also use this time to support the brave men and women who have served to protect our rights.

Sadly, there are some startling statistics regarding veterans in our country. Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) along with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) showed that there are more than 75,000 homeless veterans in shelters and on the streets during any given night. Based on data collected from October 2008 to September 2009, over 136,000 veterans spent at least one night in a shelter or transitional housing program, with over 5,000 also having their families with them.

This 4th of July, Celebrate Independence Day by Supporting Veterans via www.GreaterGood.org

With a closer look at the numbers, more problems can be seen regarding the proportion of homeless veterans. While veterans represent 8% of the United States population, they constitute a startling 12% of the country’s overall homeless population, and 16% of homeless adults.

Unfortunately, veterans in need do not have many places to turn to for assistance. Community groups across the United States are struggling to support the vast numbers due to lack of space and a shortage of funding.This 4th of July, Celebrate Independence Day by Supporting Veterans via www.GreaterGood.org

Setbacks also ensue for these organizations because much of the public is unaware of the severe challenges veterans face as they attempt to return to civilian life. They contend with physical, mental, and emotional trauma each day that impacts their ability to function in society. This limited knowledge and insufficient publicity regarding the number of homeless veterans is hindering many of the group’s efforts to provide the right help.

Fortunately, GreaterGood and The Veterans Site are working with various charities across the country that support homeless veterans. With your help, we can maintain these partnerships and get aid to areas where it is needed most.

It is clear to see that now, during the observance of Independence Day, is the perfect time to help remedy the situation our nation’s veterans are facing. This 4th of July, purchase a Gift That Gives More™ to show our country’s heroes that you have not forgotten about their selfless service and sacrifice. Click here to help the brave men and women that served our country find the homes that they deserve.