That is something every veteran gets while on active duty. Along with normal pay and benefits, and along with the family separation and countless personal sacrifices each veteran makes - we each always got "Three Hots & A Cot".
Today - many of these veterans find themselves living on the streets. This is not a "Democratic" problem - this is not a "Republican" problem - this is an ongoing "AMERICAN" problem. Promises have been made by politicians of both sides of the aisle in Washington.
It is way past time to put the "promises" to bed and start delivering to the Vets who need our help - today.
Three Hots & A Cot will serve those who have served. Provide a place for homeless veterans to receive the assistance they need to transition back to civilian society. Each veteran will be treated with the dignity and respect due to every member of our armed services. Without regard to race, creed, color, or religious background any veteran who seeks our assistance will be afforded the opportunity our services offer.
Homeless veterans can be found on the streets of every major city and every state in our nation. From Washington DC to Norfolk and Richmond, VA to Jacksonville and Tampa, FL to Houston and Dallas, TX to San Diego and Los Angeles, CA. There is a need for our initiative in many locations.
Homeless population in Birmingham is currently at nearly 3,000. Of these approximately 800 are veterans, 5% of these are women. Many of these veterans are dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. All face each day on the streets looking for a meal and a place to sleep in safety. There are limited beds available for the entire homeless population and the veterans receive no special treatment because they are veterans. 27% of these homeless are chronic homeless - over 12 months on the streets. The availability of services and treatment centers is a major obstacle in providing for the homeless population. Three Hots and a Cot is here to serve the Homeless Veteran Population.
A part of this initiative is to also identify veterans who are in danger of becoming homeless. Through networking with social agencies, faith based organizations and veterans organizations we will identify these veterans. We will also keep the awareness of our services in front of the veteran population and local government agencies to continue to drive down the number of veterans who are or may become homeless. We can then begin case management to ensure this veteran does not become homeless.
The initiative of "Three Hots and A Cot" is to serve those who have served our country by attacking the challenge in four different ways - all coming together for the final goal. Enabling the veteran to transition to a self sustained life style. Our program is both new and an expansion of current services. New - in that we will be the only facility in Birmingham offering these services to veterans only. Coordinating our efforts closely with the VA in Birmingham. We will expand other services - addiction treatment availability, job training and employment services, long term housing arrangement, and other type of services will be offered at our center - but will be coordinated with those agencies currently offering these services. Our center will provide a home base of operations for the veteran to access available services to him or her as needed.
Services available will include:
*Transportation (to and from appointments with other agencies)
*Group support meeting facilities
24/7 staff support
Our efforts will be coordinated with several different federal, state, city, non profit, and faith based organizations. This includes, but is not limited to the Veterans Affairs Administration, United Way of Central Alabama, Hospice of Alabama, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Metropolitan Birmingham Service for the Homeless, and HUD - Homeless Management Information System. Understanding that Three Hots and A Cot is not going to be the solution to this problem of epidemic proportion. It is only through coordinated efforts with other agencies sharing a common goal will we recognize any measurable
We will not seek to replace any of these agencies - nor will we be the "one stop - fix it all" shop.
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Military Service Initiative
We were honored at Three Hots & A Cot to be selected by the President George W. Bush Center to take part in a study to help improve services to post 9/11 veterans. We were one of 25 organizations selected our of over 46,0000 nonprofits that serve veterans in this nation. I had the honor to meet and talk about some of the initiatives to serve our veterans with the former President in Dallas in February of 2015. We were able to attend the Military Services Initiative Summit the following day and learn from some of the best in how we can serve those who have served us more effectively.
We are taking the Tool Kits provided by the President George W. Bush Center and begin putting into play some of the best practices available to all of us who strive to meet the needs of our veterans. I encourage all nonprofits to use this Tool Kit. We can only serve those who have served our nation if we can meet their needs.
Fort Comfort Veterans Village is the culmination of a vision to meet some very real needs of military veterans. We must - and we can make this a reality with all of us pulling together.
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