There are about 24 million veterans in the United States, and 3.5 million of these veterans are over the age of 65. Clearly, the need for assisted living is growing by the day. In Connecticut, there are 229,700 veterans and they make up 8% of the state's population, and 23% of its homeless population. The bulk of these veterans were in service during the Vietnam era, and as they approach their 60s, 70s, and 80s+, their need for assisted living care quickly increases.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, over 14,000 Connecticut service men and women have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001; and there are nearly 9,000 active duty military personnel from Connecticut. As these men and women age, their need for assisted living will increase, particularly due to severe physical and psychological injuries.
So how are we caring for our veterans who are seniors, and more so, our low-income veterans? How are we caring for veterans who are soon to become seniors or retirees? And how are we caring for veterans with disabilities who might only require limited support? Veterans Landing is the answer, the starting point, and most important, the model for communities across the nation.
Your donation will be a first step in a larger fundraising campaign to support the development and building of this residence, which is slated for groundbreaking in 2015.
Many veterans feel more at ease and at home when sharing their time with other military veterans. CRT's focus is to help veterans stay as independent and vibrant as possible "“ mentally and physically "“ so they may enjoy life to the fullest. Veterans Landing will offer handicap-accessible studio or one-bedroom apartments, both with kitchenettes and private baths; a chapel; Internet cafÃ©; library; general store; computer lab; on-site/off-site activities, dining room; and many other supports and resources.
We believe in a better retirement for military veterans. Do you? Please donate today. Our Veterans Landing Advisory Council, Trustees, and staff appreciate your commitment and help. Also, visit www.crtct.org/en/need-help/veteran-services to learn more about CRT's experience working with veterans and their families.
CRT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which qualifies for corporate matching funds. All contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law.
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