Today, Congressman Rob Andrews announced that the nonprofit Catholic Charities had been awarded $744,740 as part of a nation-wide effort to provide vital services to the brave men and women who have served our country. The program, entitled "Ready Vet Go," will serve hundreds of veterans and their families in South Jersey.
"Ready Vet Go" is a member program of the new Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), a nation-wide effort to improve standards of living for our veterans. The program will provide veterans with healthcare, financial planning, transportation, legal services, counseling, housing placement, and temporary financial assistance. Connecting veterans in need with these services and local community resources will set them up to achieve the same success in society they achieved on the field of battle.
"America's veterans are disproportionately likely to become homeless- that's a national tragedy and we need to do something about it," said Congressman Andrews. "Those who have served our country deserve the very best when they come home. This funding from the Veterans Administration and this program from the Catholic Charities will help us keep our promise to the men and women who have sacrificed so much."
The Catholic Charities organization, led by executive director Kevin Hickey, is committed to both providing these services and promoting their availability. "We thank Congressman Andrews for his help in the application process," said Hickey. "We will be wise stewards of the resources and give everyone a reason to be proud of our performance."
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families has awarded more than $60 million in grants to various non-profit organizations that will serve tens of thousands of at risk veterans and their families.