To date, more than 2.4 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. For many, the return home is fraught with challenges:
- 1 in 4 have sought treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder/depression
- 1 in 3 struggles with substance abuse
- 1 in 5 is unemployed
- 18 commit suicide every day
Veterans of past conflicts represent 8% of the U.S. population yet 30% of the homeless population. Illinois is one of seven states with more than 10,000 homeless veterans. Currently, government funding serves only 1 of 10 veterans in need.
Whether they served in the Vietnam War, the first Gulf War, or the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of soldiers return from combat with scars both physical and psychological. For many, reintegrating into their communities and their former lives proves impossible. Unable to cope, the tragic outcomes of homelessness, hopelessness, and helplessness are often the result.
Thresholds boasts 50 years of experience working with Chicago’s most at-risk populations.
Integrating our award-winning, evidence-based practices and strategic partnerships, the Veterans Project includes homeless outreach, housing services, supported employment, peer-driven supports, substance abuse treatment, integrated physical and mental health services, and trauma-based therapies.
Women Veterans Health Initiative
Women veterans are a rapidly growing population that faces a range of complex challenges. Many are single mothers struggling with Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and are now the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. These harsh realities have only recently started to enter the national consciousness. Despite the growing body of research on women veterans, there remains a woeful lack of services catered to their unique needs. The Thresholds Women Veterans Health Initiative raises the bar for women-designed, veteran-focused services. By providing a women-only “one-stop shop” for rapid housing placement, employment and education services, benefits linkage, trauma therapies, substance abuse treatments, child care, primary care, and psychiatry, Thresholds has the opportunity to provide unparalleled service for this often-invisible group.
If you would like to financially support the Veterans Project, please visit our donation page and be sure to add a comment indicating that you would like your gift to support the Veterans Project.
If you are a veteran from any war having a hard time coping with your mental illness, trauma, or issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, etc., please contact Lydia Zopf, Director of the Veterans Project, at (773) 572-5263.