There are approximately 50,000 military veterans living on our streets and struggling to survive.1 Studies show that veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder at twice the rate of non-veterans2, and that an average of 20 veterans are lost to suicide every day.3 These are sobering statistics – but there is a solution.
Every day, United Way is fighting to get our veterans the health, education and financial stability they've earned. Too often veterans tell us the problem is not a lack of services, but a lack of coordination between those services. Through MISSION UNITEDTM, United Way and our partners enable military veterans and their families to successfully acclimate back to civilian life by affording them the services and support they need.
By creating a coordinated care network that provides a straightforward entry point, a dedicated and well-equipped case manager, and a team of service providers committed to meeting all of a veteran's needs, we can ensure that veterans no longer slip through the cracks and instead lead productive, fulfilling, healthy lives as members of our communities. Since its inception in 2013, MISSION UNITED has served over 12,000 veterans.
In 2013, a veteran worked with United Way of Broward County in Florida to create MISSION UNITED after seeing firsthand the challenges facing veterans who must navigate the complex system of services available to them. Through MISSION UNITED, United Way of Broward County and its partners have helped over 5,000 veterans since then, significantly reducing the number of veterans who experience chronic homelessness. Now, MISSION UNITED is available in communities throughout the U.S.
Free, confidential help for veterans, and all individuals, is always available by calling 2-1-1 throughout the U.S. 2-1-1 is accessible 24/7 and helps connect individuals with the local services they need. A critical component of MISSION UNITED, 2-1-1 serves as the entry point to services in many communities.
MISSION UNITED offers full case coordination for veterans and their family members in these locations:
1 National Alliance to End Homelessness. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.endhomelessness.org/library/entry/fact-sheet-veteran-homelessness
2 Annals of Epidemiology. (2015). Retrieved from https://www.annalsofepidemology.org/article/S1047-2797(16)30034-5/abstract
3 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2016). Retrieved from https://va.gov/opa/publications/factsheets/Suicide_Prevention_FactSheet_New_VA_Stats_070616_1400.pdf