While there are quite a number of individuals who eye homeless veterans sternly as they walk along the streets, a charitable group based in Missouri decided to put a stop to all the negativity. Bearing the name Veteran’s Community Project (VCP), the group aims to help build small houses and provide shelter for all homeless veterans. Through their efforts and the support given to them by people who shared their cause, they were able to build an entire village filled with humble abodes for the veterans.
The group stated on their website.
“The goal would be to get veterans straight off the streets and hand them the keys to their full-furnished tiny house (stocked with food), without the veteran having to go through the hassles of waiting for gas, electric, deposits, inspections, and voucher processes. We would then stabilize them to educate and support them on reintegrating into society all while treating and addressing their housing barriers as we move them into permanent housing.”
Poor management of payment of debts is tantamount to unpaid debts, faulty programs for hospitalization and education, as well as poor housing services, are among the enduring shortcomings of the US Veteran’s Administration in terms of providing the support that our heroes need. It has been a prevailing issue from the time of our soldiers who returned from Vietnam to the Gulf War Syndrome to the ongoing war we are facing today.
The VCP was founded by three veterans who were all witnesses to the lapses in services and assistance that veterans received. They observed and experienced just how hard it could be to fit back into civilian life for veterans fresh from sacrificing their safety and sanity in war-torn lands.
When they first ran the project in 2015, the group started their initiative on a four-acre site, where they constructed about 50 small homes for a number of homeless vets. Aside from housing, VCP also offers job training, immediate transportation, employment, legal services, advocates and peer counseling to support the veterans’ reintegration into society through their Outreach Center.
The organization is aided by massive donations and help from volunteers. The word ‘day off’ is foreign to them because they build houses and assist the veterans during the day, at night, on weekends and even holidays. Together, these inspiring individuals share the common objective of making a positive difference in a world that’s being slowly consumed by hatred and political differences.
“Going from extreme isolation to extreme socialization can be very overwhelming and cause unwanted outcomes. We believe that handling the veteran the keys to their own home and letting them socialize at their own pace is key to a successful outcome.”
In a world where war, terrorism, and discrimination is rampant, we truly need organizations like the VCP, whose actions are aimed at spreading more love and putting an end to the pointless hatred that continues to divide us.