Charlie Daniels and his veterans non-profit The Journey Home Project are joining forces with another non-profit, Code of Vets, to aid former U.S. servicemen and women who are suffering amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Their collective mission is a call to action to seek public donations for vets suffering from economic hardships as well as those who have contracted the virus.
In pre-COVID-19 times, Code of Vets assisted veterans with mental health crisis, unemployment, housing and transportation, among others, but they are now encountering dire situations they never expected. Pressing issues for vets include being unable to pay bills due to layoffs, a spike in food assistance requests, being unable to afford basic needs such as water, electricity, gas, an increase in veteran suicides, being unable to afford room or board due to job loss, no access to rent, mortgage, car payment relief or deferred payment programs, and being unable to reach the VA (by phone/in-person) for necessary mental health appointments.
“We are operating under emergency conditions with this alarming spike of veterans in crisis,” explains Code of Vets Founder Gretchen Smith. “Please donate to assist with basic needs like food, housing and utilities. Our veterans matter. Every dollar matters. It is on us to take care of our own.”
“Gretchen Smith and the folks at Code of Vets cover the guys below the radar, the ones with immediate needs and no place to turn, with a rapid deployment type response to veterans in desperate circumstances,” says Daniels. “These are the same veterans who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. Our nation is pretty distracted by the coronavirus pandemic we’re all dealing with, but the need in the veterans world goes on, and the urgent need for funds is truly critical. I would ask you to join The Journey Home Project in supporting Code of Vets in providing for the needs of our most worthy citizens.”
Donations can be made at codeofvets.com.
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