At-Risk Veterans In North Carolina
- North Carolina is home to over 800,000 veterans and has the greatest number of active duty troops on the East Coast.
- Our state is in the top 3 per capita nationally in 21st Century veterans.
- In FY 2014, the last year for which data is available, some 9,859 unique individual veterans from the state contacted or were referred to the VA as homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
- Veterans account for only approximately 7.2% of the total population of North Carolina, but 20% of all homeless individuals in North Carolina are Veterans.
- More than 2,800 veterans are currently incarcerated in North Carolina, of which some 26.5% are likely 21st Century veterans.
- On average, 5 veterans commit suicide in North Carolina every week.
A Holistic Approach to Veterans Reintegration
- For too long, veterans’ help programs, governmental and charitable; have suffered from the silo syndrome.
- In addition, and perhaps as a result, programs have tended to treat symptoms rather than the disease.
- Veterans’ homeless programs were designed to reduce homelessness, and ignored the causes of homelessness. Ditto for jobs programs, suicide prevention programs, etc.
- These problems do not arrive by spontaneous generation, they have causes, and the root causes have to do with mental and behavioral health problems resulting from their service experiences.
- Unless these root causes are addressed, such problems will never be adequately addressed.
Crisis consists of one or more of the following
- Chronic Homelessness
- Premature Death
Averting a Crisis
When crisis is averted, the person can achieve reintegration and find a constructive and personally-satisfying role in civil society.
Successful Community Reintegration
The Veterans Life Center will intervene in the lives of at risk veterans with a treatment program that will rescue them from the nearly inevitable crisis they face. At the Veterans Life Center, our goal is successful community reintegration for every North Carolina Veteran, but the path to that goal is different for each one of them. We are the only statewide Veterans organization designed to provide the specialized services, counseling, training and mentoring to return our suffering heroes to self-reliance.