Post-separation from military service for veterans presents a myriad of immediate and long term functional, emotional, and social needs that, when unmet, put veterans at high risk for homelessness, loss of social support, unemployment, emotional distress, substance use, criminal justice system involvement, and suicide. From a Veteran Administration (VA) report, veterans comprise of 22% of the national suicide rate. While the HUD point-in-time count of homeless veterans from 2006 to 2014 shows a decrease in homelessness among veterans, the 2014 count shows 49,933 homeless veterans with 64% reported to be sleeping in emergency shelter or transitional housing and 36% were on the street or in other places not meant for human habitation with California, New York and Florida as having the highest number of homeless veterans. From a 2014 VA report on homeless veterans, the average first episode of homelessness occurs at 3 to 5 years after separation from the military thus indicating programs for veterans must address long term stability, access to housing and supportive services over time, and implementation of a comprehensive post-separation assessment process that goes beyond assessing benefit eligibility.
While the Veteran Administration assists with translating military service experience with a Skills Translator, veterans still need opportunities for job assessment, training and placement assistance to obtain and sustain employment that may include developing new skill sets. Helping to define a career change and providing opportunities to establish a course of action to assist our defenders re-build themselves is a challenge that can be met. See the recently released HVRP grant. Learn about specific reintegration problems and treatment for combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Contact SAE about clinical criteria changes and Solution Tools that could help your organization grow services for those who have served.