Why are we committed to helping Veterans?
In 2017, the number of homeless veterans increased for the first time since 2010, to 40,000 individual veterans without a secure home. Among Vietnam Veterans, 26.9% of woman and 30.9% of men are estimated to have PTSD in their lifetime. 13.8% of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and 10.1% of Gulf War Veterans also currently suffer from PTSD. These statistics are troubling, but they don’t paint an entire picture. Every veteran leads a unique life, full of personal accomplishments and hardships.
As a small non-profit, Walkers for Warriors aims for helping veterans as individuals, not as a monolith. Our first partnership is with the University of Mississippi Welcome Home Campaign, a campaign centered on providing for military-connected students, particularly student veterans at the University of Mississippi, with the resources they need to succeed academically, personally, and professionally. The vision for this campaign is to generate revenue for a new space on campus to provide all the necessary amenities for student veterans, military-connected students, ROTC cadets and midshipmen, and dependents in a single location. Our belief is that by working with organizations like the University of Mississippi, we can make a more profound and direct impact on the lives of veterans throughout the country.