Building Networks to Support Veterans: A Path to Progress for All and a Matter of National Security
Sunday, May 05, 2019
As the nation nears two decades of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, horrifying reports of suicides among veterans continue and underscore the crisis in mental health, social isolation, and resource coordination. In addition, as research by NLC has shown, veterans remain on the leading edge of one of the largest demographic changes we have ever seen and face significant challenges to ensure they can safely age-in-place.
All of this is happening as the historic progress on veteran homelessness continues, with a more than 5 percent decline from 2017 to 2018, representing a nearly 50 percent decline since 2010. And yet, more than 14,500 veterans are estimated to be sleeping on the streets of the country they have defended.
Building on the progress made and directly confronting these challenges requires coordination and collaboration driven not only by data, but also by persistent local leadership.
At the center, these issues are a fundamental matter of national security, as taking care of those who serve is elemental to the viability of the all-volunteer force model.