Picture hundreds of musicians performing as many as
30 to 40 shows a week across the US to raise funding to build and maintain
self-sustainable communities for the homeless veterans and their direct families
A trip to downtown Los Angeles brought tears to the founders eyes of The Awareness Tours (TAT), the very sad sight of hundreds and hundreds of homeless people. Asking four of these people if they were military, and finding out that three of the four that were asked were in fact homeless Veterans, he knew something needed to be done. Self-sustainable communities for homeless Veterans and their families is the goal. After serving their country bravely, it is disgraceful that there are any homeless Veterans. Unfortunately, there are too many homeless Veterans. Our goal is zero homeless Veterans.
Nine in ten veterans experiencing homelessness were men (91% or 36,302 veterans).
Nearly six in ten veterans experiencing homelessness (57%) were white, higher than the percent of all people experiencing homelessness who were white (47%), and slightly higher than the percentage of people in households without children who were white (52%).
One-third of veterans experiencing homelessness were African American, and five percent were multiracial. Veterans experiencing homelessness were nearly half as likely to be Hispanic as individuals experiencing homelessness (10% compared to 19%) and less than half as likely as all people experiencing homelessness (10% compared to 22%).
Since 2016: The number of homeless veterans increased by 585 people between 2016 and 2017. This 2016-2017 increase was driven entirely by an 18 percent increase in the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in unsheltered places (2,299 more veterans).
The number of homeless veterans who were women increased by seven percent (243 additional female veterans), and the number of veterans who were men increased by one percent (347 additional male veterans).
These increases were driven by increases in the unsheltered population for both genders. The number of veterans who were Hispanic increased between 2016 and 2017, by 586 people (or 17%). Hispanic veterans comprise 10 percent of all homeless veterans and 15 percent of unsheltered veterans, up from 9 percent and 13 percent in 2016.
Increases among veterans experiencing homelessness were due entirely to increases among veterans in households without children. The number of veterans in families declined overall (by 16%), among sheltered veterans (by 11%) and unsheltered veterans (by 29%)
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Have you ever asked yourself, things just have to get better? Well our heroes are out there praying every day, and the good Lord is answering their prayers with The Awareness Tours. We are based in Arizona, and there are thousands of homeless veteran’s right here at home. 540,000 homeless on any given night 1 and 6 is a veteran. That adds up to 90,000 veterans sleeping on the streets in the US. Are we not human? Those heroes out there are our brothers and sisters mothers and fathers Grand Fathers and Grand Mothers.
We sometimes get so wrapped up in our own lives, we forget who we are. Most of us know how hard it is to survive out there. Does anyone deserve to starve or to die of heat exhaustion or hypothermia or loneliness? What about those grand ma’s and grand pa’s out there? Do they deserve to be out there experiencing all these things? They are in their last days, and should not be spending those last days worrying about what they are going to eat or where they are going to sleep or if someone is going beat then or worse.
Well The Awareness Tours says no they do not, especially our veterans. They volunteered to join the military to protect the United States people. They served their time and did not get paid all that much to do it either.
We all just need to step back and not think about our small problems. The things we are going through for the most part are nothing compared to what our homeless heroes are going through. Donate to The Awareness Tours and together we can rid the streets of homelessness when it comes to our veterans.
The time is now each day that goes by 20 more commit suicide or die of exposure. Our 9 dollar latte is not that important.
Did you know that most of the homeless veterans are out there busting tail collecting recyclable materials so they can survive? Most of the homeless veterans are not the ones on the street corners they are the ones hiding in the shadows collecting cans and making it work on 3 to 6 dollars a day. We had a long conversation with one that was taken to the hospital because he had an infected thumb from a minor cut that could have been dealt with without a second thought if he had a place to wash his hands. He lost that thumb, and he is still homeless. Yes he stays in a shelter from time to time, but he is one that suffers from chronic homelessness. long-term housing stability is what our veterans need. But also just as important is the improvement of their health and well-being through psychological, physiological, nutritional health and other rehabilitation.
We all have it pretty good if you can walk into a home, shut a door behind you, cook a nice dinner on the stove, sit back watch a little TV, laugh and play games with your family. These are all things we take for granted. Our veterans are out there dying each day. Let’s help the heroes. Donate to The Awareness Tours.
Help TAT Tours get the tools needed to get out there and start raising money for our Veterans. Let’s do something good with our lives instead of thinking of ourselves so much. The Arizona Band 2 IN THE CHEST has dedicated every performance they do to The Awareness Tours. 2 IN THE CHEST is made up of a 51 year old Father of Twins a 40 year old mother of those twins. A 67 year young retired navy man and a 27 year old man. Everyone in this band is completely dedicated to achieving the goal of self-sustainable communities. Let’s help them get the tools they need so they can get back out on the road, and start doing the work that needs to be done. There are events coming up in Phoenix, Glendale and Tucson Arizona in the next few weeks and months. Many Arizona bands have jumped on board to help by performing these fundraisers. We are working on Texas Nevada and Colorado and Florida around the first of the year.
So much work needs to be done and every day that goes by we lose 20 more. It hurts to know that those numbers are true. Please donate and let’s get the tools needed to get that first TAT Tour team on the road doing what needs to be done. Here are some numbers from the VA websites.