A month ago today, we, as a nation, observed Veteran’s Day. Each year we set this day aside to say thank you to all who served in our Armed Forces for their service, reported the Covington News on Dec. 12. We are a free and great nation for what they did for each of us. But now there is a challenge to us to give a hand up to some that now struggle with homelessness.
The sad truth is that a veteran is 50 percent more likely to be homeless than the general population. More than 12 percent of the homeless in our land are veterans. And it is without pride that I point out that our state places second in the number of homeless veterans.
We now have an opportunity in our community to reach out and deal with this issue in a very proactive way. Action Ministries opened the Piedmont Regional Office here in Covington two years ago. They are offering a way to help veterans facing homeless through a program called Action Serves. Action Ministries has been dealing with homelessness across North Georgia for the past 53 years.