Veterans have contributed to the strength and well-being of our country in a way that many American citizens may take for granted. Veterans have given of their time, effort, and energy as well as their very lives to sacrifice for the safety and prosperity of the United States.
As they return home from service, many find the transition extremely difficult. Whereas they have been surrounded by battle and weapons, constantly living in survival mode, they must learn to deal with daily life in everyday America.
With all the factors involved, such as health issues, injuries, lack of job training or opportunities, many veterans get stuck in limbo or worse find themselves living on the streets.
Many feel this is an injustice and that there needs to be more done to to help our Veterans comfortably transition to daily life.
In 2011, administration groups as well as financial providers recognize the need for providing affordable, quality housing for Veterans. An example of this is the Huntington Bank along with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs are working together to financially provide rental housing for Veterans in five Ohio and Michigan cities(Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, and Northern Michigan). The Huntington Bank is grateful to have received a 3 million dollar grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati to help fund the construction project. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs will also be contributing a large sum of money to make up the majority of the difference for the 11 million dollar project.
This effort is not only well meant, but will greatly help the Veterans who need that extra boost in the transition process. As Veterans take advantage of this rental housing, they will have to worry less about finding shelter and can focus more on employment, family, and continuing to contribute meaningfully to society.