U. S. Veterans Initiative Los Angeles hosted its 2nd Annual Homeless Veterans Standdown at the end of last year. Los Angeles has consistently held the highest numbers of homeless veterans in the United States. The number of people living on the streets of Los Angeles. has sometimes reached nearly 6, 300. Of these homeless, nearly 20 percent are veterans. This is in part due to the high cost of living in Los Angeles, which is nearly 36 percent higher than the national average.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti committed to help end veteran homelessness by starting the Los Angeles Veteran & Families Stand Down. This event served 2, 500 homeless and at-risk veterans and families in its first year. The second year was project to serve up to 5, 000 of these veterans and families in need.
Chapter 53 did their part to help with this initiative by donating $500 to the event. This was not the chapter’s first example of generosity. The chapter also donated $500 to the city of Hawthorne’s wounded Heroes of America Program just months prior.