Friday, May 9, 2008

Friends of Veterans Very Important

Friends of Veterans Very Important

"We pledge to reach out to any veteran of honorable service,
peace-time or war, active or reserve, who seeks assistance..."

What is “Friends of Veterans?”

Friends of Veterans, or FOV, is a
501(c)19 non-profit corporation that
accepts tax deductible contributions to
be used to aid veterans and their
families in times of crisis. The FOV
is registered with the Secretary of State of
both Vermont and New Hampshire. We
are also a member of the National
Coalition for Homeless Veterans, based
in Washington, D.C. We
function solely
through the efforts of volunteers,
grants, and donations from the public.
only for the purpose of serving
and advocating for our nation’s

Why do We Serve?

Today, conservative estimates by the Federal Government, HUD, and the Office of Veterans Affairs place the population of homeless veterans at a level that exceeds 1/3 of the total homeless population nationwide. This number does not, unfortunately, include the families of the veterans who are also, themselves, on the street.

The people involved in FOV are
committed to seeing that the veteran receives assistance with the absolute minimum of “red tape.” The FOV also functions as a clearinghouse / advocate for veterans with other service providers such as the Veterans Administration, state employment services, various federal programs, veteran service organizations nationwide, as well as state and local programs.

If at all possible, we attempt to assist he veteran and his/her family before they become homeless, and are currently the only program focusing on prevention of homelessness in our immediate geographic area.

How do We Serve?

“Friends of Veterans” operates through
small grants from the states of Vermont
and New Hampshire, but our primary
funding comes from you, the folks with
the caring and concern to fight the
growing homeless problem within our
veteran population.

• It is estimated that 250,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, and that twice that number have experienced homelessness in the past year. In real numbers, that would equal more homeless veterans than soldiers who are currently on active duty with the United States Army.

• On any given night, of the 250,000 homeless veterans in shelters or on the streets, 10,000 are women veterans.

Want to Get Involved?

The “FOV” can always use your assistance. The expertise of the organization is the cumulative expertise of its volunteers.

Everyone has something to offer; everyone can assist our veterans. From outreach to the basic nuts and bolts of accounting, the FOV has a job for you.

Give us a call, email, or check in at our web site and we’ll put you to work.

(802) 296-8368

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The National Disgrace

Little did we know that when John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address in 1961 and we were challenged to “bear any burden” and “defeat any foe,” that the “burden” we would be facing today would be the homelessness of our veterans, and the “foe” would be ourselves.

Only through the efforts of each individual citizen can we effect a solution to this national tragedy. In President Kennedy’s immortal words, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” We believe we have the solution: help us help our veterans. Contact us at:

Friends of Veterans
222 Holiday Drive, Ste. 5
White River Junction,VT 05001
(802) 296-8368

Links of Interest Mission Statement Resources for Veterans in Need

FOV Home Page LVER/DVOP Directory Application for Assistance

Release of Information Contact Friends of Veterans

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