Since 2013, USASOA has had as our core mission to directly impact the quality of life for our ill, injured, and wounded veterans, their families, and caregivers. To the end, our nonprofit organization continually strategizes to remain relevant to the changing needs of our veteran community at large. Thousands of veterans exist in pain and hopelessness on the very streets of a great and wealthy nation that they once swore to defend with their lives if needed. While accomplishments have and continue to be made by the VA and other wonderful and committed organizations, it takes a multifaceted approach combining both awareness and prevention programs and campaigns to effectively respond to the challenges and issues facing homeless veterans.
As a veteran service organization dedicated to ensuring that all veterans are treated as our greatest national treasures, our outreach program, #StormTheStreets directly engages veterans living on the streets of our nation bringing them a warm meal, blankets, and above all our volunteers offer them the hope of living a healthy, safe, and dignified life - one that they truly deserve. Combat and service-related wounds are both visible and invisible. The relationship between veteran homelessness and the scars of war and service are quite unique and diverse. USASOA will never make a judgment about the incidents which may have caused a veteran to become homeless but rather, we will offer the strategy, support and direct assistance needed to secure for them the physical and mental care they need. Many of the veterans we encounter have been given 'bad paper' discharges related to incidents related to PTS and even sexual trauma. The number of female veterans enduring homelessness is now reaching a higher percentage rate than any other group in the overall homeless population in America. USASOA is rolling up our sleeves and going into the streets to locate our veterans and bring the hope and care that they need and deserve. Every week the USASOA passenger van will make visits to various parks and areas in the DC Metro area known to be frequented by our homeless citizens. Armed with warm meals, bottles of water, soup, blankets and other helpful toiletries, our volunteers will seek out our homeless veterans and bring them the sustenance they need and immediately ask to assess their condition. We offer them a ride to a local homeless shelter or to a local VA facility. When dealing with human nature, our passion to provide a better life for our marginalized and forgotten veterans is not enough to accomplish our stated goal and mission - rather, we hope to encourage and motivate other organizations and citizens to come join us in our effort of direct engagement. There are many reasons, issues, and challenges linked to veteran homelessness. It has been said that the true character of a nation is seen in how it treats its veterans. Honor our veterans by taking action – join us today and show them the same commitment to improving the quality of their lives as they gave to us in defending ours. They served us with their selfless sacrifices, in return can we do any less and truly call ourselves grateful Americans?