3 Ways to Support Cleveland's Veterans
Today, on Veterans Day, we honor the millions of American men and women who served our country in uniform.
For so many veterans, their service has had lifelong implications. For example, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that roughly 11% of America's homeless population served in the military. Similarly, studies suggest veterans are 1.5 times more likely to take their own lives than non-veterans. Many more suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and depression.
We are blessed to count more than 61,000 veterans as neighbors here in Cuyahoga County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau (more than any other county in Ohio). Here are three local charities supporting Cleveland's vets and how you can help out:
NEOPAT - Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism
-About: Helps veterans and their families with emergency support such as medical, food, and housing needs.
Greater Cleveland Fisher House
-About: Provides “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers, to enable family members to be close to veterans during hospitalizations.
-How to Support: You can donate financially here.
Cleveland American Veterans Association
-About: Assists veterans transitioning out of homelessness by providing all furnishings, moving services and taking responsibility to ensure the home is move-in ready.
-How to Support: You can donate financially on their Facebook page, give household items, or volunteer your time to help move items.