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Combatting Veteran Homelessness and Suicide through Entrepreneurship: The MVACTS Approach

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The issue of veteran homelessness and suicide is a sad reality in our society. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, on any given night, 37,252 veterans are experiencing homelessness, and an estimated 6000 veterans die by suicide each year. These statistics are alarming and highlight the need for effective solutions to address the unique challenges faced by veterans.

One such solution is MVACTS (Military and Veterans' Arts, Crafts, Trades, and Services), a program founded by disabled veteran Gary W. Birmingham. MVACTS aims to empower and support veterans by providing them with the resources, training, and support they need to start and grow their own businesses in the fields of arts, crafts, trades, and services.

For Birmingham, the idea for MVACTS was personal. He turned to arts and crafts as a way to survive while experiencing homelessness, and he knows firsthand the impact that having a sense of purpose, hope, and joy can have on a person's life. He states, "I turned to arts and crafts to help me survive in the streets, giving me purpose, hope, and joy in times of struggle and despair."

MVACTS provides a national support network centered around the military and veteran cottage industry. They help military and veterans with creating an online presence, creating and promoting their business, and connecting sellers with buyers. The program also facilitates local centers and pop-up events to help military and veterans make products, learn how to make products, and run and market a small business.

In addition, MVACTS promotes donations of tools, supplies, and other resources to help homeless veterans get started. By providing access to these resources, MVACTS hopes to empower veterans to take control of their own lives and build successful businesses.

It is important to note that MVACTS is not just a one-time solution; it is an ongoing support system that encourages veterans to connect with one another and work together to achieve their goals. MVACTS is a community designed to help support one another and give hand-ups to those who need it.

In conclusion, MVACTS is an innovative program that aims to address the issue of veteran homelessness and suicide by providing veterans with the resources, training, and support they need to start and grow their own businesses in the fields of arts, crafts, trades, and services. By giving veterans a sense of purpose, hope, and joy, MVACTS hopes to empower veterans to take control of their own lives and build successful businesses.


MVACTS has a variety of goals, both in progress and planned for the future, all stemming from its humble origins.

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