This Nov. 11 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. The federal Veterans Day holiday recognizes this fact with its annual poster and theme, “The War to End All Wars,” while we honor all those who have served over the years.
Over the last 100 years, we’ve seen changes in struggles Veterans face as they re-enter society after serving. Recent statistics show the number of veterans struggling with poverty continues to climb.
The poverty rate for Veterans ages 18 – 34 years old is higher (11.9%) than those between the ages of 35 – 54 years old (8.4%), according to this U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs report. The average age of first-time fathers in the U.S. at 3, and the average age of first-time mothers at 26, according to separate NPR articles (moms / dads).
This means more Veterans who are also parents of young children struggle with poverty — and one basic need that can be difficult to afford is an adequate supply of diapers.
When we help someone out with a simple donation of cloth diapers, we’re eliminating the ongoing financial burden of this basic hygiene necessity. This allows our veterans to afford other basic needs, and lift themselves out of poverty to live a clean, healthy and active life.
This Veterans Day, thank you for your support in making this life-changing donation for those who have served our country.