The army is built to protect are homeland in which join many young people to serve and protect the peace that we have. However, after their mission, some of them continue, and some of them due to various reason including disability stay in their homeland. They have fulfilled their duty and gave sacrifice in the fight for our rights, land, and values.
Military veterans know everything about human horrors, fear, hunger, pain, despair, and sorrow. Although they have risked their lives for our well-being, once they are in their homeland they are being marginalized. They try to go back to their previous lives but all those horrifying war experiences impede their normal way of living.
It is time that we do something for the people who have given up everything to protect our right and the things we believe in. We should not turn away our heads when we see someone on the street who has dedicated his life for our homeland.
Fortunately, there is still self-awareness in people like the The Homes for Heroes Foundation that started an initiative to help homeless Canadian veterans by providing them housing. In this way they could restore their dignity and try to continue with their lives as normal human beings.
The city Calgary in Canada has supported this initiative and it has built a tiny house village for Canadian veterans. This village was unveiled on October 28.
Don McLeod is a part of this project having the sole purpose to unite these people together allowing them help, support, and interaction between each other.
McLeod has been for years a veteran support worker who interviewed military veterans finding out that most of them “are coming from the homeless environment,” and are struggling withfinancial, mental health or substance use issues.
“We find them, we’re going to house them, and we’re going to give them the opportunity to engage with programs we’re going to provide for them. The program… will give them a place to stay and sleep, and then we can work together as a team to move them forwards… in their lives.”
He added that the ultimate goal of this project is to offer help to veterans so that they can go back to independent living in a broader community. However, the time in the village is not limited; they can stay in the village as long as they need to. Aside the housing, the village offers a counselor’s office, a resource center, a family suite, and community gardens.
McLeod believes that after a 2-year period the veterans could be able to integrate in the society and become valuable citizens.
Each tiny house is 275-square feet unit with a Murphy bed named after a fallen soldier, full kitchen, bathroom, breakfast bar and workstation.
Veterans have to fill out an application form so that they can become a resident of this home, and complete a needed analysis. The foundation will carefully reconsider every application and decide which person will show success and prosperity in the program.
The rent of this tiny home is $600 a month, covering all social services like education and PTSD counseling, medical, and employment services, and the housing costs such as water, heat, internet, phone, and security.
This project is backed up by many organizations allowing the military veterans to rehabilitate so that they can go back into the wider society and have a normal life.