The effort by Nation’s Finest aims to highlight alarming statistics impacting Veterans – including mental health issues, high suicide rates, homelessness, and unemployment—-and help connect Veterans and their families to vital resources that ensure their care and success.
“The suicide rate among Veterans remains high, with approximately 17 Veterans committing suicide each day, and on any given night, over 40,000 Veterans don’t have a place to call home in our country,” said Chris Johnson, CEO, Nation’s Finest. “As a nation, we can and should do better to honor those who have sacrificed and served, which is why we are promoting this program to raise greater awareness and help connect Veterans to the services they need.
Through Veteran’s Day, Nation’s Finest is hosting a series of community awareness events that bring together community leaders, Veterans’ advocates, and community partners to ensure Veterans and their families have access to services and programs. Each event features a Nation’s Finest mobile service unit staffed by trained professionals to assist Veterans, as well as community partner booths to provide educational information. On display is a powerful storytelling exhibition honoring heroes for making a difference in the lives of Veterans. At each event, Nation’s Finest is presenting special awards to local Veterans organization leaders who have gone above and beyond to help Veterans and their families in their communities.