For Our Veterans

“A Veteran’s Tent Under A Bridge”
At times, the sound of the vehicles was so deafening underneath the bridge to the end that we raised our voices before and during our approach. Upon arriving we almost slid down a steep, muddy hill to give what could’ve been emergency essentials to anyone present, or to whomever would’ve wanted to receive these items. But during our short stay there, seemingly no one was present in the multiple tents, including the veteran’s tent (01/19).
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“A Veteran’s Tent Under A Bridge”
The LEMM’s crisis-intervention team and its volunteers ventured out to offer this encampment essential items (01/19).

“The brave men and women, who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn’t who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies.”

~~Robert Koger

It was very chilly underneath this bridge on this midday. Seemingly, no one was present, but we weren’t sure. A few tent-fronts were opened. When we came upon the tent that may have belonged to a veteran, we were amazed at what we saw. Caution: We do not recommend anyone venturing into any *encampment, especially the ones underground (01/26/19). *Click here
Maryland, VA and Washington, D.C.

Veteran Homelessness

Demographic Characteristics Showed:
* Men accounted for nine in ten veterans experiencing homelessness (91% or 34,412 veterans). A slightly higher share of unsheltered veterans were women (10%) than of sheltered veterans (8%).

* A higher percentage of veterans experiencing homelessness were white (58%) compared to all people experiencing homelessness (49%) and a somewhat higher percentage of veterans were white compared to people in households without children (54%). The share of unsheltered veterans who were white (61%) was similar to the shares of all people and individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness (both at 59%).

* African Americans comprised one-third of veterans experiencing homelessness but less than one-quarter of veterans experiencing unsheltered homelessness (24%). While African Americans comprise a smaller share of veterans experiencing homelessness than of all people experiencing homelessness, they are overrepresented as compared to their share of all U.S. veterans (12%).

* Veterans experiencing homelessness were half as likely to identify as Hispanic or Latino as all people experiencing homelessness (11% compared to 22%), but were overrepresented compared to the percentage of all U.S. veterans who were Hispanic (7%). Hispanics make up a larger share of unsheltered homeless veterans, 15 percent.

Source: National PIT Estimates-Homeless Veterans by Sheltered Status 2009-2018
(“On a Single Night in January 2018”) The U.S. Department of Urban Development