Year end summary 2018: Our impact
In 2018, the VetsNet staff, working with an amazing network of partners statewide, assisted 488 veterans find assistance, a 37% increase over 2017. When they came to us, 113 of those veterans were homeless. In another 115 cases we sought to prevent homelessness through rent assistance and other means. In addition, 80 veterans were assisted with securing employment. Those 488 individuals and families sought help for 795 different needs as we worked to stabilize their lives long term. All in all, our ability to connect veterans with partners with needed resources is successful in more than 95% of the cases we open.
Other information about the population served includes:
- 92% had annual incomes of $40,000 or less
- 46% were over the age of 55
- 27% of our veterans were single parents or in families with minor children
- 18% were female while 82% were male
We served every branch of the military, including the vets of National Guard and Reserve service who do not qualify for VA medical and other benefits.
In 2018, several of our partners began keeping regular business hours at VetsNet, enabling us to make direct referrals for immediate assistance. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has office hours 2-3 days per week; Hunger Task Force is on site 3 days per week; Wisconsin Department of Veterans VORP (Veteran Outreach and Referral Program) has a full-time office at VetsNet. In addition, Froedtert Medical College conducted monthly health screenings with older veterans.