The Journey Home Project, a nonprofit that supports veterans in their return, rehabilitation and reintegration back into civilian life, has partnered with Code of Vets, a nonprofit that uses social media to raise awareness and funds for veterans in distress.
Charlie Daniels, who is the chairman of The Journey Home Project, announced that the goal of the partnership is to aid veterans who are suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“[Founder] Gretchen Smith and the folks at Code of Vets cover the guys below the radar, the ones with immediate needs and no place to turn, with a rapid deployment type response to veterans in desperate circumstances,” says Charlie. “These are the same veterans who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. Our nation is pretty distracted by the coronavirus pandemic we’re all dealing with, but the need in the veterans world goes on, and the urgent need for funds is truly critical. I would ask you to join The Journey Home Project in supporting Code of Vets in providing for the needs of our most worthy citizens.”
Donations can be made at codeofvets.com.
In pre-COVID-19 times, Code of Vets assisted veterans with mental health crisis, unemployment, housing and transportation, among others, but they are encountering new obstacles during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pressing issues for vets include:
- Unable to pay bills due to layoffs
- Spike in food assistance requests
- Unable to afford basic needs such as: water, electricity, gas
- Increase in veteran suicides
- Unable to afford room or board due to job loss
- No access to rent, mortgage, car payment relief or deferred payment programs
- Unable to reach the VA (by phone/in-person) for necessary mental health appointments
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