My Bar Mitzvah project is to raise money for homeless Veterans. Many veterans who serve our country come home disabled. Some have visible physical injuries like a missing limb or invisible injuries such as mental illness and PTSD.
When Veterans return disabled, the process of rejoining their families and communities, finding a job, and beginning a new life as a civilian, is made even harder. To these veterans, it can seem impossible without a lot of help. These difficulties can be devastating for those who have put their lives on the line to protect us.
I was inspired on Veterans Day this year and have chosen to raise money for United Veteran’s Beacon House. Beacon House was founded in 1994, is headquartered in Bay Shore, New York and honors those who have served to protect our nation.
While most Americans honor Veterans on Veterans Day each year, the challenges faced by many Veterans exist every single day. As many Veterans and their families strive to develop and maintain productive lives, Beacon House provides the services to assist Veterans in achieving independence.
America’s current homeless veteran population has served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam war. In the U.S. over 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Of the more than 17 million veterans, 1 in 435 quickly become homeless once they return. Another 1.4 million veterans are considered at imminent risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and limited affordable housing.
I will be raising money through December 31, 2020 at 11:59PM. All of the funds raised will go to Beacon House to be used for transportation, repairing donated cars, moving assistance into permanent housing, and their food pantry.
Please donate what you can and know your donation will be put to good use.