1 in 4 homeless people are veterans.

If you see a homeless person, there's a 1 in 4 chance you owe your freedom to them and the sacrifice they made in wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and more. That's between 130,000 to 200,000 homeless veterans who have, at some point, served in the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy or Coast Guard and risked their lives to protect our country.

1/2 of homeless veterans suffer from mental illness, while 2/3 suffer from substance abuse.

PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, traumatic brain injury and other war-related injuries are the main causes for unemployment and homelessness among veterans. This is made worse by a high divorce rate, as well as a lack of support from family and society.

It takes 8 months on average to get a disability claim processed. In too many cases, it takes years.

Meanwhile, our veterans need money to pay for their rent, their medical bills, their food and more. Around 1.5 million more veterans are at-risk for homelessness because they do not receive the benefits that they rightfully deserve in a timely manner.

 

 

Being a combat veteran,

it is hard to transition back into society.

Whenever you train people to be warriors,
you can’t expect them to come back and not be a warrior anymore.

There is a process you have to go through to realize that

it’s not your responsibility anymore.

Most veterans return home feeling like an outsider
and thinking that civilians have grown numb to the terrors of war.

 

 

 

 

What is Bridging the Gap Foundation?

Bridging the Gap Foundation is a non-profit organization
that helps veterans transition back into society.

We are all non-paid volunteers; some of us are also veterans.

We work directly with veterans on a one-on-one basis
and provide food, shelter, education, counselling and more.

No red tape, no long tedious process, no confusing paperwork.

We just help.

If we have the space available in one of our residential centers,
a veteran is invited to come live at one of those centers that very same day.

 

 

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Upcoming Events

  1. Western Steer Steakhouse for Kiwanis

    September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Radio Interview WEAG-FM 106.3 FM

    September 17 @ 9:30 am - 9:40 am
  3. Downtown Grill for Rotary Club

    September 17 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. Fall Music & Chili Tasting Festival

    October 4 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  5. Vetfest 2015 Veteran’s Music Festival

    July 10, 2015 - July 11, 2015