(WINDSOR, ON) – In recognition of International Women’s Day, Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada will be holding a national awareness event on 4 March.
VETS Canada: In Her Boots will feature volunteer teams across the country walking the streets and visiting women’s/family shelters searching for homeless female veterans, providing donated comfort items to women and families in need, and raising awareness of female veteran homelessness.
“When we envision veterans, many of us think of men,” says Debbie Lowther, the co-founder of VETS Canada. “In reality, women make up a significant percentage of the veteran population, and an increasing number of the veterans we help are female.”
In 2015, 5% of the in-crisis veterans supported by VETS Canada were female. That number jumped to 16% in 2016. Many of the female veterans were single mothers struggling to make ends meet.
“We as a country need to recognize that female veteran homelessness is a significant issue, and that each and every one of us can play a role in helping homeless female and male veterans alike,” said Lowther.
VETS Canada has aided over 1,400 veterans in-crisis, at risk of homelessness, or living homeless since 2010. As the Veterans Affairs Canada service provider in the field of veteran homelessness and in-crisis outreach, VETS Canada’s volunteers provide aid and comfort to veterans in need, including endeavors such as moving veterans from the streets or shelters into affordable housing, securing food support and needed health care, navigating community services and resources, and helping facilitate re-entrance info the work force.