THE PROBLEM

There is a fundamental contradiction -- a hypocrisy -- between the dialogue about our soldiers and their treatment by the government. The recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have added over 1.8M veterans since 2001 and their care is less than ideal.

We call this The Veteran Crisis. Let us show you the facts, and then the solutions we are working on:

MENTAL HEALTH

More than 22 veterans commit suicide

every single day (one every 65 minutes). While 13.9% of soldiers will consider suicide at some point during their service.

Mental health discharges have increased

65% between 2005 and 2009 in the US Army. 1 in 9 Army soldiers who are medically discharged have a mental health issue.

20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans

suffer from PTSD. At the same time, only 40% of those diagnosed with emotional problems will seek help.

45% of homeless veterans suffer

from a mental health issue. 70% abuse some kind of substance in an effort to self-medicate.

Estimates predict another 320,000 veterans

yet to come home will be diagnosed with PTSD. Treatment is only provided to about 50% of veterans.

HOMELESSNESS

On an average night in America,

there are over 300,000 veterans on the streets or in shelters --  the equivalent to the population of Riverside, CA.

1 in 3 homeless males is a veteran.

The number of homeless female veterans is on the rise as well: there were 10x as many female veterans on the streets in 2011 than in 2006.

Veterans are only 11%

of the American population, but 26% of its homeless population.

There are more homeless Vietnam War

veterans than American soldiers that died in Vietnam -- more than 58,000.

WHAT IS THE VA DOING?

The VA is trying, but

their efforts have not succeeded in reducing the suicide rate.

VA programs reach less

than 50% of homeless veterans.

Between 2011 and 2012,

San Diego now has over 1,700 homeless veterans.

The VA has blatantly lied

about the veteran suicide rate in the past, claiming it to be around 790 suicides a month instead of the over 1000 it actually was. In spite of a reduction in the backlog of VA claims, the suicide rate of young veterans (ages 18-24) has increased to 44 percent between 2009 and 2011.