Every year for the past decade, MBA students who have served in the Armed Forces spend two days in a military tent outside of Spangler Hall to raise money to support the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV).
The problem is bigger than you might think. While there are no national records on homeless veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that more than 275,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, and more than 500,000 experience homelessness over the course of a year.
Conservatively, one out of every four adult homeless males who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served our country. It is a shame to think that those who put their lives on the line for our freedom would end up living on the street begging for money. But, war is a terrible thing. Many who are lucky enough to make it back fight with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol and drug addiction, or struggle to re-integrate with “normal” life.
They need your help, and on April 21-22 you can by donating at the tent or through a link that will be distributed by a veteran in your section. The money will go to the NECHV, an organization that for more than 20 years has extended a helping hand to homeless male and female veterans who are addressing the challenges of addiction, trauma, severe and persistent mental illness, and/or unemployment and who will commit themselves to sobriety, non-violence and working for personal change. They are recognized as one of the most effective private veterans’ transition programs in the country. Please go to www.nechv.org to learn more. We look forward to seeing you, rain or shine, on April 21 and 22!
Matt is an EC student from Section I.ÿ Prior to HBS, he served in both conventional and special forces units on four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.ÿ He recently co-founded TroopSwap.com to serve the military community.