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We help house veterans who would otherwise be classed by their local authority as “not a priority” for housing.
We will assist and work with any military charity that will work with us. We have a resident Bugler and assist with food and furniture where needed.
So why do we do it, is there a need?
Not all homeless veterans sleep rough some are sofa surfing or not sleeping outdoors on the ground horizontal. If they are under some sort of shelter or sitting upright then they are not classed as homeless. This allows local authorities to mask the real figure. Some say over 9000 homeless veterans in the UK right now the authorities say there might be a couple of hundred. It all depends on how you describe homelessness. The video depicts a person perhaps a veteran but nobody would know by looking at him. He doesn’t look homeless he looks like an ordinary member of society. You draw your own conclusion.
Many veterans who experience homelessness don’t make it obvious they have hit rough times. Many spend a night on a “mates sofa” or sleep in their car. Not all sleep rough. So to everyone a homeless veteran looks no different from any ordinary member of the public. Most veterans don’t become homeless on discharge from the Armed Forces but usually they become victims of circumstances, family relationship breakdown, mental health, career disappointment and victims of crime can quickly lead to being homeless. As they say “Your only 3 pay checks away from being homeless” and in many cases that’s true. Veterans can be victims of crime too veterans are vulnerable to fraud for example. Some disguise their anxiety in alcohol some even drugs both prescribed such as pain killers and illegal too. Usually when they ask for help it’s too late the damage is done. The damage is life changing. Being among other veterans helps but nothing helps more than these people getting their self esteem back feel wanted and needed again.
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