U.S.VETS provides comprehensive services to the veterans we serve, including case management, employment assistance, job placement, counseling, as well as drug and alcohol free housing. At our facilities veterans progress through a seamless continuum of services designed to help them increase their level of responsibility and prepare them to live independently in the community.
We coordinate our services with the medical and mental health services provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the Employment Development Department; local businesses to employ veterans; and a wide variety of service agencies and community partners.
We strive to empower each veteran to take responsibility for his or her success, elevate each veteran’s sense of psychological well-being and self-esteem, guide each veteran on the path toward independence in the community, develop and promote each veteran’s workforce skills, and support the recovering veteran by maintaining a drug and alcohol free environment. Why Help Veterans? Currently in the United States there are over 23 million veterans. A number that will continue to grow with our military involvement overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of these, about 130,000 veterans are homeless with an additional 1.5 million vets considered to be at risk of becoming homeless due to poverty, lack of support, poor living conditions and mental trauma — better known as PTSD. Nearly 13,000 of these at-risk vets are women.
These struggling veterans are our sons and daughters, our mothers and fathers and our brothers and sisters. All of them served our country. And we all share both the pride and problems of our military servicemen and women. At U.S.VETS we believe we have an obligation to help protect and serve those have served and protected us. The number of veterans who need assistance is growing. Most dramatically, and most troubling, is data from the Veterans Administration stating that about 30 veterans a day attempt suicide and eighteen succeed. In 2009 alone, more veterans took their own lives than were killed in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars combined. This is why we are committed to helping veterans.
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U.S.VETS is the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of comprehensive services to homeless and at-risk veterans.
With 11 facilities in six states and the District of Columbia, U.S.VETS provides vital services such as:
Drug and alcohol-free housing
The successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support.
Facts at a Glance
We provide services to over 2,000 veterans a day.
Each year, we help 3,000 veterans a year find housing.
We connect over 1,000 veterans a year with full-time employment.
Who We Serve
These struggling veterans represent sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. Each have served our country.
We share both the pride and problems of this nation’s military servicemen and women and believe we have an obligation to help protect and serve those who have served and protected us.
Because of this, we are committed to helping veterans in need.
Estimates from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have shown a significant decrease in homelessness among veterans. While this reduction is promising, the needs of veterans struggling with homelessness, unemployment, and other barriers to reintegration still exist.
Of the veterans living in America today, 63,000 are chronically homeless. Although they represent a relatively small percentage of the general population, veterans make up nearly 20 percent of the homeless population.
Growing Need for Support
There is a growing generation of veterans with new challenges to face. In the past 10 years, two million troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. As they return home, many will experience challenges adjusting back to civilian life.
Roughly 300,000 returning troops currently suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression and anxiety. Additionally, over 320,000 individuals have suffered a probable traumatic brain injury during deployment.
The need for support for our nation’s veterans will only continue to increase. Learn how you can help.
The Midtown location is the main hub for our programs, supplemented by a service center located at the Historic DeGeorge at Union Station. The Fannin Street location provides supportive services. The Museum District office houses our administrative staff. In addition, U.S.VETS – Houston employs a full-time driver to shuttle veterans in between our locations, the VA and the Salvation Army.