Our organization, established in 2011, BTG is a 501(c)(3) foundation that is dedicated to assisting our Veterans. BTG works DIRECTLY with the Veterans on a one-on-one basis – we’re NOT a call center. No one in our organization collects a salary – everyone works on a volunteer basis.
We don’t just listen to their stories and tell the Veterans where to go get help; WE ARE THE HELP. We provide food, and shelter, and educational assistance DIRECTLY to as many Veterans as we can afford to. There is no long, tedious, confusing application process for them. If we have the space available in one of our residential centers, a Veteran is invited to come live at one of those centers that very same day.
Bridging The Gap is a 501 (c) (3) organization that receives 100% of its funding from the private sector. This organization does not accept or seek Department of Defense or Veterans Administration funding. Every tax-deductible dollar received help Bridging The Gap bring a comprehensive range of professional services to homeless Veterans and veterans in need.
Many of our veterans returning from the wars do not suffer from physical injuries. 3500 veterans reside on the street of Atlanta on any given night. With an estimated 8,000 additional veterans returning to Georgia from the wars to face these problems.The painful truth is that in Georgia, as in most states, a substantial number of returning veterans are unwillingly channeled into homelessness, due to a lack of Employment, Family Support, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and the long-term consequences of war.
Many or our heroes reside on the streets, where they can suffer from Sleep Deprivation as well as a whole host of other emotional and mental problems, which is often magnified (and un-treated) after the stress of living on the street. Alcohol and Drug abuse is the most prevalent problem and one which poses a significant health risk. Drug or alcohol use frequently accompanies mental health problems and was involved in 50 percent of the Army’s suicide deaths from 2007 to 2011 and in more than 75 percent of non-fatal suicide attempts from 2007 to 2011.
The number of veterans involved in the criminal justice system has soared. The connection between post-war social impairments, drug abuse and crime is well known – one-half to two-thirds of our veterans in jails and State and Federal prisons meet standard diagnostic criteria for alcohol or drug dependence or abuse. Yet only 1% of these veterans receive treatment in jail or prison, so that most of the over 650,000 inmates released back into the community each year have not received needed treatment services.
Bridging The Gap is doing this to work with communities to provide new avenues to enhance the shrinking public dollar and build partnerships in the community.
Simply providing shelter is not the answer to our veteran problem – we have to provide an environment where our veterans can begin to put their lives back together and become productive members of our community.
Bridging The Gap is a mentor-based program set up to work with individuals to help them create their greatest opportunities for success. With our initiatives we optimize the chances for individuals by offering housing, life-sustaining work opportunities and support from their community Leaders and concerned citizens.
Let us support our troops by supporting our veterans!