NATIONWIDE AL — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is working to raise awareness for how to combat veteran homelessness and suicide.
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs — veterans experience homelessness and eviction due to a lack of human connection. Roughly there are over 600,000 vets who are at risk of homelessness according to the Dept.
Dr. Matthew Miller at the VA office of mental health and suicide prevention said the best way to prevent these risks is to get assistance quickly.
If you know somebody at risk he said to call the National Center for Homeless Veterans, because there are benefits available. As for suicide prevention, Miller said services are free.
“In 2020 there were about over 35,000 veterans on a given night that were homeless in January and the VA serves about 100,000 homeless veterans annually. Now with COVID-19 rising rates of unemployment and possible evictions coming, we may anticipate increases in veteran homelessness so it’s something that we have to seek to address,” said Dr. Jack Tsai at the National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans.
The VA office said to contact the crisis suicide hotline if someone is at risk and that person will create a plan with the veteran.