Veterans Aid (VA) was established in 1932 (designated originally as EFC – The Embankment Fellowship Centre) as a direct response to the homelessness caused by poverty and unemployment among the ex-service community in London.
All Veterans Aid’s activities revolve around helping ex-servicemen and women in crisis.
The Charity has played a significant part nationally in the reduction and eradication of homelessness among veterans. It intervenes immediately, practically and at three stages: before crisis (preventing), during (addressing) and after (sustaining).
Because homelessness is both a cause and an effect, Veterans Aid’s activities are diverse. Its objective is always to enable sustainable, independent living, but the interventions necessary to achieve this can involve days, weeks, months – or even years of investment.
Although Veterans Aid is London-based, its reach and impact is international. Since the end of 2007, the Charity has helped UK veterans based in more than 70 countries.
Immediate actions might be provision of food, new clothing and shelter.
Subsequent interventions might involve prolonged periods of counselling, drink/drug rehabilitation and medical treatment.
Further support frequently involves education, retraining or the acquisition of a new skill.
Help is given to identify employment opportunities and, when they are considered ready, individuals are helped to move into new homes – furnished and decorated by Veterans Aid.
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