Are you a veteran searching for a new home?
Much work has been done to help veterans find adequate and suitable housing in the past. Still, few would argue that more needs to be done.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 10 percent of the homeless population is comprised of veterans.
For a statistic like that to exist in light of the great sacrifice our veterans have given, is truly shameful.
Many more veterans have housing that does not adequately meet their needs. Perhaps the saddest cases are ones where help is available but those services are not known about by veterans.
Thankfully, if you’re a veteran searching for a home, there is more help out there than ever before. Here are 5 things to consider as a veteran searching for a new home.
A Fresh Start:
More than the average US population, most veterans have complex challenges to overcome. You personally understand the strain caused by being away from your family for extended amounts of time or from often having to pick up and move, sometimes with little notice.
One great thing about considering a new home is that you can, in a sense, wipe away the past and get a clean start in life.
Your environment can make a big difference in your healing and personal health. It’s a definite benefit for veterans if they can say, “Today’s a fresh start.”
A new home can mentally prepare you for that positive change.
Closeness to Support Systems:
As a veteran, you often sacrificed your need for healthy, enduring support systems for the greater good of your country. You and your family didn’t always get the support you needed.
Do you personally experience PTSD or have you struggled in other ways due to inadequate support systems? Now is a great time to think about the best location for you and your family so you can have the maximum support.
That could mean being close to family, friends, a faith community or quality physical and mental health services.
Most veterans, especially those who saw combat, have a lot to sort out. Why not be close to nature, in that case?
Be somewhere where you can breathe the fresh air, take a long walk in the woods and let nature heal your soul. Garden, hunt, fish, look for edible mushrooms or cross-country ski. The sky’s really the limit.
Although rural living isn’t for everyone, it could make a real difference in your quality of life through exercise, solitude and peace. It offers the chance you’ve needed for a long time to unwind and reflect on life.
If you decide that your best route is to build a home, you’ll have plenty of rural options in a beautiful setting to choose from.
Especially if you experience some physical limitations because of your service to our country, having a house that meets your unique needs is essential to your wellbeing.
It may be difficult to find a used home in the best location for you and that adequately suits your living requirements. That’s the great thing about building a new home.
You can have your home custom-built for you. That way, you can skip the quirks and inconveniences of a used home that could make living difficult for you.
Whether you need wider doorways, a wheel-in shower or a ramp entrance to your home, now is the perfect time to get what works best for you and your family.
It’s important to realize that there is financial aid available for veterans in many cases when searching for a new home.
The VA provides subsidized housing, disabled veteran homes, grants and loans for new homes.
Our team at Lake Michigan Builders is skilled in the paperwork required for this and can help you with the process.
You really have nothing to lose by checking out your available options. We would be happy to discuss this process with you
Lastly, thank you for your service to our country and we wish you the best as you search for a new home!