New statistics shared by the Tyler Salvation Army about the plight of our veterans is distressing, to say the least.
After their service to our country, veterans are twice as likely as other Americans to be homeless.
The unemployment rate for recently discharged veterans is nearly three times higher than the national average.
In East Texas, 71 percent of veterans interviewed by the East Texas Human Needs Network said they were struggling financially, 37 percent were living in poverty, 34 percent were living in temporary housing and 8 percent were homeless.
To address these problems, The Salvation Army in Tyler has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans Assistance. Specifically, the money will go to help prevent and end homelessness for veterans.
The goal is to use the grant money for rent, utility, deposit and mortgage assistance so that veterans can either keep their homes or put their families in stable housing.
The Salvation Army said: “It is important to note that 100 percent of this funding is providing direct assistance to veterans and their families. The administrative and operational costs of the program are being absorbed by The Salvation Army in Tyler.
“There is a great need for financial donations from the community to cover these costs and ensure that we can successfully prevent and end homelessness for our friends and neighbors who have selflessly put their lives on the line to protect and serve our country.”
Veterans who are homeless or believe they are at risk of becoming homeless, can call The Salvation Army’s Indus McDuff at 903-592-4361 ext. 77533, to begin the process that could lead to receiving financial assistance.