Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia
Help for Our Heroes
The Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia (VEO) empowers veterans experiencing homelessness and at-risk of homelessness along their journey to self-sufficiency. A government report found that key barriers that hinder veterans from seeking mental services include stigma, logistical challenges to accessing care, and lack of awareness of potential benefits. Mental health is essential to stability in housing, personal well-being, family and interpersonal relationships, and the ability to contribute to community or society, yet veterans with other-than-honorable discharges are not eligible for mental health and substance abuse treatment through many publicly funded funding for veterans. VEO utilizes evidence-based treatments (EBT) to improve mental health and substance use disorder outcomes to ensure veterans living in their transitional housing units effectively thrive once they secure permanent housing. With a BWF grant, VEO will provide transitional housing for at least 140 veterans experiencing homelessness and at-risk of homelessness while they receive supportive services prior to obtaining permanent housing.