Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Helping Homeless Veterans

Sheltering Our Homeless Veterans

Some American military veterans are experiencing many hardships since returning home from their tours of duty. Many are without jobs, struggling to find food, and are homeless. Our group’s goal is to inform everyone of the challenges our heroes are facing day-to-day. Please watch the video clips of Dave, a Vietnam veteran, and Joe , a veteran of the war in the Middle East, to hear their stories.
The bright side to all of these struggles is that there are many wonderful programs to help our heroes, like Dave and Joe. We would like you to review at least 3 of these websites that explain various programs that are out there to help veterans:

~Opportunities to return to employment
  1. Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP)

~Safe housing
  1. Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program
  2. HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) Program
  3. Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program
  4. Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program

~Health care
  1. VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program
  2. Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups)

~Mental health services
  1. Veteran Justice Outreach
  2. The Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program
  3. The Readjustment Counseling Service’s Vet Center Programs

           ~How technology is helping
  1. Project REACH (Real-Time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless)

Now that you are a little more knowledgeable on this tough topic, we would like everyone to bring a picture pertaining to American patriotism, the military, or the homeless. Bring this picture to class either saved on your laptop or to a flash drive. We will be using this picture in our class lesson, if you do not have this file with you on Thursday you will lose RWLD and Project points.

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