Veterans Support Services

VETERANS-FEATURE

Georgia is home to 777,858 veterans. In a recent study, 58% of veterans surveyed in Georgia reported experiencing homelessness after their departure from the military. Sixty-five percent report income less than $20,000 and 71% do not receive income from either pensions or retirement. Reintegrating into civilian life after serving in the military is often an overwhelming experience.

Catholic Charities Atlanta’s AmeriCorps Peer Navigator program, offering case support services to Georgia’s veterans, rises to meet these challenges. This is a free program for military members, veterans, and their families to connect to resources in their local community that help them to meaningfully improve their lives and accomplish their goals.

“Catholic Charities Veterans Services weren’t the only agency assisting me during my period of homelessness, but without them my family would not be in a warm, nice, two-bedroom apartment we can call home. I repeat, “my family would not be in a warm, nice, two-bedroom apartment we can call home”, if Catholic Charities Veterans Services had not assisted us. For me, Catholic Charities Chamblee Veterans Services is a God-send and blessing that I cannot express in words. Their assistance was invaluable, immeasurable and possibly life-saving.”  -John from Newnan, Ga

RESOURCES AVALIABLE

Public and VA Benefits Assistance

Many veterans do not receive VA benefits, as they are unaware of how to access them. Additionally, 86% of veterans do not receive public benefits such as food stamps, even though they are eligible. These numbers show a clear gap in veterans becoming self-sufficient and reintegrating back into civilian life. These stats tell the story as to why so many veterans experience homelessness.

CCA staff helps veterans access appropriate public and VA benefits. These benefits help families stabilize their living situation, provide food for their families, and access medical care.

Financial Education and Planning

Military members and veterans have lots of financial opportunities available to them but even still three in four military service members (77%, more than the national population) have some financial worries, most commonly a lack of savings to cover retirement or other needs.  Through CCA’s financial literacy workshops, veterans learn to

  • Create a Budget
  • Savings Options
  • How Credit Works
  • Tips for Building and Maintaining Good Credit
  • Debt Management Strategies

Mental Health Counseling

Our community-based outpatient mental health and counseling services focus on the challenges families and individuals face in dealing with life transitions, unexpected tragedies, and mental health issues. The goal is to help clients gain the skills to effectively manage their issues and improve their ability to cope with life’s challenges.

We help veterans and their families by providing mental health counseling services or by helping them access VA mental health services.

Learn more by contacting us at:

770-790-3119 or by email at

gbracks@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org

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