They serve their country some come home, others do not.
They are often forgotten. They dedicated their lives, and when they come home and then leave the military, they are unable to reintegrate back into society for many reasons.
Regular life becomes a challenge and the support they need isn’t always forthcoming. Many take to self-medicating as they can’t get the medical aid they need; benefits they were promised and due simply can’t be obtained and then with lack of finances they end up homeless.
In Calgary, Canada, the city has decided to help its veterans by building a tiny village just for veterans. Not only do they end up having a much-needed home, but they are also living with brothers and sisters in arms who can relate to what each person is feeling.
The project has been driven by Homes for Heroes Foundation who dedicate themselves to providing homes for ex-servicemen and women.
Don McLeod, a veteran support worker, says that “the objective is to bring veterans together with other fellow servicemen and women so that they can find comfort and support in each other. Once the veterans live at the tiny houses, they will be given the opportunity to participate in programs that will make their lives better”.
Many of the veterans have been going through mental health issues, financial and substance abuse and the tiny village will hopefully give the veterans the much-needed stability they need to move forward with their lives.
Each tiny home is named for a fallen soldier and includes a kitchen, bathroom, murphy bed and a deck.
The goal of the tiny village is to give the veterans a safe place to live and to help with the transition towards a life they deserve such as employment, independent living, and a social environment.
There has been major support from the community such as local food banks and the Veterans affairs have stepped up with an assistance program.
It is hoped that this program will aid with the rehabilitation of the veterans with a two-year time scale, but they are not restricted to that time frame if they need to stay longer then further support will be given.
The hope is that eventually there will be tiny villages available to all veterans and that really is the very least we can do to show our thanks to our veterans.