Supporting Veterans 365 Days a Year

Date: November 11, 2015

As we celebrate our veterans today, let’s remember that we benefit from their sacrifices each and every day of the year. United Way is committed to serving veterans in need year round so they can thrive in our community with good jobs, affordable housing, quality education and access to healthy food and healthcare — the building blocks for a self-sufficient life.

The transition from active duty to civilian life can be overwhelmingly difficult for veterans to navigate. Common struggles they face include finding employment, getting finances together and building relationships. Some may face legal matters, substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness.

Hank, an army veteran, is one inspiring example who was determined to overcome the challenges he faced. After his military service ended, he returned home to Anne Arundel County but was experiencing severe mental health issues that led to substance abuse and eventually, what was once unimaginable for Hank happened: he became homeless.

That’s when Hank heard about a program funded by United Way of Central Maryland that provides services for homeless veterans, and received mental health counseling, substance abuse support, temporary housing and help finding a job. Recently, he started working at the local Veterans Affairs medical center in Baltimore, where he’s been able to save enough to pay off debt and move into his own apartment.

Stabilizing individuals and families, including veterans like Hank, is what United Way’s work is all about. We also support veterans through Baltimore City’s Veterans Treatment Docket and Project Homeless Connect, helping veterans get access to the programs, benefits and services they need.

The Veterans Treatment Docket occurs the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Eastside District Courthouse. Project Homeless Connect is coming to Harford County EPICENTER on January 26, 2016. Contact Cecilia Helmstetter at cecilia.helmstetter@uwcm.org if you are interested in volunteering.

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