Recently, our Us4Warriors programs, services and volunteers returned to North County Veterans Stand Down (NCVSD) for another event in support of homeless veterans in San Diego County. NCVSD is an annual four-day event in Vista, California that enables all veterans throughout San Diego County to receive much-needed services in a safe, friendly, drug-free, and secure environment. The event has been in place since 2017 with Us4Warriors supporting veterans and community partners along the way.
This week, NCVSD welcomes this year's group October 20th to 23rd at Green Oak Ranch in Vista, CA. Us4Warriors is happy to bring back our Food4Warriors program and services beginning with over 400 of our special "Care4Warriors" boxes that include food, snacks, hygiene and basic needs items along with specific information for follow-on services after the event. In addition, our Work4Warriors program representatives were on-hand with employment and career counseling services. Throughout it all, our Warrior Volunteer Force was on-hand to lend a hand where they were needed throughout the event.
In 2020, there were over 580,466 people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. Some individuals. Some individuals with families. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported to the USICH (United States Interagency Council on Homelessness) that they have targeted efforts to re-house at least 38,000 veterans this year experiencing homelessness. Those figures may not be the full amount of veterans displaced in the country because it is hard to quantify. Other statistics point towards 60,000 veterans sleeping on the nation's streets due to homelessness. It is further estimated that 1.4 million veterans are at risk. As efforts continue forward to solidify a count, all agencies agree that it is a significant problem that continues to become more severe.
Recently, our CEO Anthony Stewart spoke with Congress regarding Veterans Hunger and, in testimony, stated, "homelessness is a systematic companion of food insecurity." He further added, "We believe that these efforts are intertwined and deserve a unified approach to help uplift those in need towards a path of self-reliance. When one condition is present, the other is nearby." (testimony available here)
Us4Warriors remains committed to help provide support necessary for those in need. From our Food4Warriors programs providing hunger relief to Work4Warriors paths to employment to the many good deed projects of our Warriors Volunteer Force, Us4Warriors is dedicated to uplifting a community to help these warriors & their families live stronger lives.
If you find our mission aligning with your thoughts as an important purpose to help others, consider volunteering to our Warrior Volunteer Force or providing a tax-deductible donation to help us keep the efforts moving forward.