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Why We Get Fired Up About Supporting Fallen Firefighters (stats according to NFPA):

   Why We Get Fired Up About Supporting Fallen Firefighters                                (stats according to NFPA):

  • Nationwide, volunteer fire departments save municipalities, and taxpayers, $139.8 billion per year in firefighting costs, according to a 2014 report from the National Fire Protection Association.
  • As of June 2017, 70% of America's firefighters are volunteers and 85% of the nation's fire departments are all or mostly volunteer. 
  • A 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that certain types of cancer--not limited to lung cancer--are linked to firefighting.
  • 63,086 U.S. firefighter injuries were reported in 2016.
  • The number of volunteer firefighters nationwide has decline 15% between its all-time high in 1984 and all-time low in 2011--yet the number of calls for firefighters has increased nearly 300%, which causes burnout for existing firefighters

          Why Homeless Veterans is a Social Issue We Support

  • Homeless veterans in the City of LA was up by 20% in 2017 where the count of unsheltered was 42,828 and sheltered homeless was 14,966 (source: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority)
  • Nationwide, the number of homeless vets rose by 2% since 2016 for the first time since 2010. (HUD)
  • On any given night, more than 107,000 Veterans are without shelter and lack basic healthcare. (We Honor Veterans)
  • Rural Veterans: Nearly 40% of enrolled Veterans live in areas that are considered rural, where community hospices and Veteran Affairs palliative care programs are not readily available. (We Honor Veterans)
  •  Reasons for homeless vets: a shortage of affordable housing and living wage jobs, as well as high risk of suffering from PTSD, substance abuse and mental illness. (HUD)
  • Female veterans are more than twice as likely to be homeless when compared to female non-veterans in the U.S. (HUD) and female veterans living in poverty are more than three times as likely to be homeless than female non-veterans in the poverty population. (HUD)