⅓ of America’s veteran population are homeless. 1.4 Million veterans are at risk for homelessness. ⅓ of returning active duty troops are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress. 40% of veterans will not seek help after service. These startling statistics are why the Homeland Heroes Foundation works tirelessly to help veterans in their time of need.
Based out of Salem New Hampshire, The Homeland Heroes Foundation aims to assist veterans in acclimating to civilian life after active duty, helping their families get back on their feet, and assisting veterans however we can. Through monetary and furniture donations, the homeland heroes foundation is able to help veterans in a number of ways including:
Furniture and household items
New Mattresses and box springs
Food and gas cards
Christmas toy drive
VA Loans and Home Purchases
The Homeland Heroes Foundation was founded in October 2013 by Julie Weymouth Kim McMahon after a Christmas gift drive for veterans and their families. Once they realized the extent of the needs of families and relatives of active duty and veteran service members, what started as a one time donation grew into a full time non-profit.
The overwhelming and positive response from their community made the decision to transition to a full time non-profit an obvious one. Over time, a close relationship with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard chaplain began to form and we began to identify areas we can help.
There are a number of hardships that veterans face after active duty. From unemployment to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, poverty to homelessness, it is difficult for veterans to seek and receive the help that they rightfully deserve. The Homeland Heroes foundation recognizes the difficulties that veterans face every day:
Veteran unemployment is nearly twice the national average. Young Veterans who join the military after high school are at a disadvantage when competing for civilian jobs with peers who didn’t serve. Veterans often don’t have easily translatable civilian skills, nor do they have the network of civilian business and social contacts that other young people have. Unless they apply with companies who place a priority on hiring Veterans, they are in a tough spot competing with other job seekers.
One out of every three Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans suffers from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or a combination of the two due to combat trauma. Upon returning home, our troops are not receiving proper medical and psychological evaluation or counseling. It’s up to them to seek the help they need and often this help is not easy to find or to access.
There is a backlog of 1.2 million claims at the Veterans Administration. The VA application process remains complicated and adversarial. Veterans are not automatically enrolled in the VA, as many people think, when they finish their military service. They need help finding VA facilities, completing complicated applications, managing the application process and appealing rejected claims. Many Veterans who are disabled and unable to work due to war trauma are waiting months and years for benefits they were promised and have earned. This results in many Vets with significant financial problems that can end up homeless or worse.
The Homeland Heroes foundation seeks to make connections with veterans and local establishments to assist with networking and employment resources. It is important to us to be able to connect veterans to the resources available to them and work side by side with them in learning how to achieve the benefits they deserve. We are here to provide ongoing support and aid for veterans and their families as trials come and go.
Through the generous donations and wonderful volunteers that we work with every day, Homeland Heroes has been able to help veterans throughout New England for the last seven years. We’d like to thank our volunteers & sponsors for making what we do possible but more than that, we want to thank our veterans for fighting for and protecting our freedom.