Many homeless veterans need a little extra help to get their lives back on track. As Veterans Village of San Diego so eloquently puts it: "A hand up, not a hand out."
You can make a difference by supporting programs that help veterans return to leading a normal life. Occupational therapy helps keep injuries such as the loss of a limb from preventing meaningful employment. Vocational training teaches new job skills and helps veterans apply skills they learned in the military to civilian life.
Vocational training can help veterans acquire skills in growing job areas such as in HVAC renovation, wind technology, green automotive technology, smart meter installation, or solar installation. Other programs help veterans get the training necessary to become licensed commercial truck drivers, vocational nurses, or to qualify for other licensed professions.
While in transitional housing provided by these programs, formerly homeless veterans can receive further help with job preparedness, dressing for success, resume writing, interview skills, job search skills, and budgeting for life outside transitional housing. If veterans suffer from physical disabilities, these programs also provide further occupational therapy to help veterans achieve full rehabilitation and community reintegration.
Across the United States, homeless veterans are trapped on the streets by lack of employment. With your help, they can once again be a productive part of the society that they served to protect.
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