NWI project to help homeless veterans
We’ve heard this term so many times that it has lessened its significance and disappointment in our society. Part of the reason for this is the complexity of this issue. It’s much more complicated than finding a military veteran who’s living on the streets and offering him or her a bed for the night, leading to permanent housing.
This generational problem involves related concerns of mental health, substance abuse, social anxiety, shame, stigma, and a lack of coordinated resources. Because of these factors, it’s difficult to find homeless, unsheltered veterans who are willing to be helped.
“I couldn’t get them to crack a smile much less start up a conversation,” Jim Chancellor told me after visiting a Lake County soup kitchen.