Few issues touch such an emotional nerve with the American public as the challenges facing our veterans and their families.
While we celebrate their sacrifice and service to our nation, once they return home they often face difficulties readjusting to civilian life.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs estimates that there were 53,111 veterans in Travis County in 2011 with thousands more scattered throughout every community in Central Texas. Their service experiences extend back to the Second World War, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, and the Gulf War.
In recent years, veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been much more likely to survive combat injuries than past generations and return with disabilities that will present life-long hardships. Recent veterans in particular have high unemployment rates.
Other issues facing veterans include homelessness, emotional and psychological trauma, strained relationships, and substance abuse. These problems can weigh upon our veterans and their loved ones long after their years of military service have ended. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide plague many veteran families.
Fortunately, nonprofit organizations are providing a way for Central Texans to show their gratitude and support for our veterans. Often these nonprofits partner with governmental agencies to ensure that veterans and their families receive much needed services.
As we approach Memorial Day, I Live Here, I Give Here would like to suggest that one of the best ways that we can honor those who have lost their lives defending our nation is to support the local nonprofits that are helping our hometown heroes, the veterans living
in our own community.
Executive Director, I Live Here, I Give Here
Nonprofits Meeting the Need
MEALS ON WHEELS & MORE
The Veteran Services Program provides food support
and case management. 512.476.6325 x196
The PeopleVET Program provides loans and
business planning services.
BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS
Military Mentoring: Operation Bigs provides mentors
to children of military families. 512.442.4646
CARITAS OF AUSTIN
Supportive Services for Veteran Families increases
housing stability for veteran families.
AMERICAN WIDOW PROJECT
Assists military widows with peer based support
FUND FOR VETERANS’ ASSISTANCE
Awards grants to eligible organizations, local
government agencies, and Veterans Service
Organizations that provide direct services to Texas
Veterans and their families. 512-463-1157
Learn about more nonprofits on www.AmplifyATX.org