This week has been set aside by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as National Salute to Veterans Patients Week, a special time to pay tribute and express our appreciation to the brave men and women who have served our country, particularly those who are hospitalized or facing difficulties upon returning home.
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs selected The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte as a contractor to provide temporary residential housing and supportive services to homeless veterans and their families. A special wing of The Salvation Army Center of Hope shelter was reserved for veterans and their families. Our ultimate goal is to permanently end veteran homelessness in our community. Through our efforts at the Center of Hope, we strive to provide the resources and support veterans need to live full and independent lives.
From December 2013 to July 2015, the veterans program has successfully provided transitional residential housing for more than 30 veterans. Currently, the program has nine veterans, some being housed with their families.
We invite you to get involved and support veterans in our community by volunteering at the Center of Hope, visiting hospitalized veterans or developing your own veterans outreach initiative to show them how much you care.
As U.S. Congressman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) has said, “The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”