Let’s agree on this; Veteran Homelessness is a phrase we should never need to utter. For a multitude of reasons, some Veterans have become endangered of losing their permanent housing or have lost it all together. Once that final step has happened, the Veteran enters a spiral that is almost impossible to recover from without outside support and help.
Let me introduce to you a multi-element program named Homes for all Veterans that is led by Veterans Affairs (VA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The most important portion of the program vision is to “end Veteran Homelessness by the end of 2015.” Quite a lofty goal indeed! However, this goal is attainable through the resources provided by the VA, HUD, local governments, plus the hard work of community service nonprofits just like the VFW.
There are two ways you can help end Veteran homelessness. Volunteer to help find homeless Veterans in parks and camps under the supervision of the Colorado Springs Police Homeless Outreach team. Please call Craig Schlattmann of Rocky Mountain Human Services at 719-424-2378 for further information and to volunteer.
Help build a Home Starter Kit from your Post’s resources for a newly housed Veteran. The Home Starter Kit suggested item list is found here. http://tinyurl.com/VFWHAVHSK
Is service towards Veterans one of the reasons you joined the VFW? If this is your call, volunteer to help find homeless Veterans or put together a Home Start Kit at your Post. This can be one of the rewarding projects you have taken part in as a VFW member!
- Announcement covering the Homes for all Veterans program http://tinyurl.com/VFWHAV-Info
- Homes for All Veterans White Paper http://tinyurl.com/VFWHAV-Info2
District #5 Commander
The Cheyenne Mountain Post is a family friendly VFW Post dedicated to serving the Veterans and community of southern Colorado Springs and the Fountain Valley. Visit our Service Officer for help with a VA claim. Join us for a VA nursing home visit. Help with our community and scholarship programs or just stop by the canteen for comradeship and a beverage. At the Cheyenne Mountain Post we are veterans helping veterans.
Service to Veterans - The Cheyenne Mountain Post sponsors monthly visits by the Department of Colorado VFW Service Officer who assists local veterans with submitting VA claims and program registration. See our calendar for dates and times. We also strive to make this website the go-to place for veteran news and information.
Service to the Community - The Cheyenne Mountain Post strives to assist Fountain Valley organizations for seniors.
Service to our Youth - The Cheyenne Mountain is the proud carter organization for Boy Scout Troop 82 and Ventrure Crew 82. We also support the JROTC programs of Widefield School District 3 and fully participate in VFW scholarship programs.
Information for our Membership - This website is dedicated to providing news and information for our members and auxiliary.