UTICA, NY – Feed our Vets, a nonprofit organization dedicated to stocking food pantries across the nation in the battle against hunger among U.S. veterans, has offered to provide data and testimony about the state of hunger and homelessness among military heroes to the U.S. government.
The offer by Feed our Vets was made in response to statements by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, during a visit October 1 to Kansas State University. “Turning up the volume on the national conversation about how to help veterans return to work, school and their families following more than a decade of war ” was the primary message Dempsey shared with more than 1,000 1st Infantry Division Soldiers, Flint Hills community members, students and faculty members during a speech at Kansas State’s McCain Auditorium. He called for renewed focus by all Americans on helping veterans reintegrate into their families, jobs and society.
More than 130,000 veterans are homeless on any given night in America. One in three homeless people in America is a U.S. military veteran, and nearly 3 million veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat each month. Feed Our Vets monitors and tracks the status of veterans’ hunger and housing issues nationwide.
“General Dempsey is correct that the conversation – and subsequent action – needs to be increased in our country regarding the critical needs of our veterans,” said Richard Synek, founder and Executive Director of Feed our Vets. “We believe the first place we must start is with meeting their basic needs for housing and food. Many of these men and women are returning from war with injuries, both physical and mental, and that is causing too many of them to end up jobless and homeless.”
About Feed Our Vets: Feed Our Vets is a nonprofit food pantry created to provide nutritious food to United States veterans whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger. The organization stocks food pantries across the country to feed the more than 130,000 veterans who are homeless or hungry on any given night in America. Feed Our Vets serves not only veterans, but also men and women still enlisted in the military, along with their families. For more information, visit http://www.feedourvets.org