Serving Those Who Served Our Country
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, nearly 50,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. To help combat this distressing statistic, The Salvation Army supports two services for veterans, VA-Per Diem and the VA-Housing Opportunity Program (VA-HOP).

These programs do more than provide shelter; they go the distance to put veterans back on their feet. They rebuild life skills that mean the difference between ending up on the streets again and living independently.

Our VA-Per Diem program offers transitional housing for veterans with mental health issues. Vets also receive symptom education, coping skills and medication, which can be everything they need to turn their lives around. Similarly, VA-HOP gets veterans off the streets and into their own homes, working with cooperative landlords who understand the particular challenges of housing previously homeless vets.

Veterans need our help for a variety of reasons. For example, one of our clients was referred to VA-Per Diem after her struggle with mental illness culminated in incarceration. VA-Per Diem helped her become aware of her warning signs and triggers, get the medication she needed and manage her physical health and symptoms. She is now looking forward to moving into independent living, and her newfound stability has helped her re-establish contact with her children and grandchild – a truly rewarding outcome.

For veterans in both programs, it can be a dramatic and difficult transition as many aren’t used to having so much to themselves — a bed, a kitchen, a roof over their heads. Other services, including health treatment and employment assistance, are provided to help them reach the programs’ goals.

Positive outcomes for homeless veterans would not be possible if it weren’t for those who give their time and hearts to these people every day. After all, we are indebted to those who served.

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  • 75% of those in VA-Per Diem
    are discharged to a permanent residence
    after graduating from the program