OPERATION: Save the Brave
Fighting Veteran hunger and homelessness
The transition from the military to civilian life can be a vulnerable period for many members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Military life has a certain protected community about it. Members know what to wear, when to eat, when to sleep, where to be. They know the process in the community. Civilian life can feel very unstructured and indeed is.
Some Veterans who made the transition comfortably at first become vulnerable due to major life events. Disabilities not caused by their service can also expose a Veteran to risk.
Veterans and hunger
It’s not just homeless Veterans that struggle with hunger. Veterans medically-pensioned out, who have physical and mental wellness challenges from work on the job, can find themselves without money to buy groceries or may not even be able to go shopping for food. Veterans with health issues not caused by the job can find themselves in the same situation.
Familiar faces dropping off groceries or prepared meals can make a big difference in the overall health of a Veteran who’s struggling.
A new program, managed and delivered by Royal Canadian Legion branches in the London Ontario area, will provide hungry Veterans with the right amount of support – letting them keep their independence with support to buy groceries, delivering already purchased groceries or dropping off prepared meals.
This program helps Veterans who may otherwise fall between the cracks. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of overall health and wellness. Support OPERATION: Save the Brave today to get food to Canadian Veterans who are going without.
Veterans and homelessness
Civilian life can be new and not very welcoming. Studies have shown not every member of the Forces manages civilian life well. It’s estimated approximately three percent of Canadian Veterans are homeless at some point (that could be 21,000 Veterans across Canada). There are supports for homeless Veterans such as the great work by the local Royal Canadian Legions, Veterans Affairs Canada and local homeless shelters and organizations.