Why Ohio lawmakers are meeting to help homeless veterans

In January, The Columbus Dispatch reported that state lawmakers are meeting to ensure that military veterans who received a less than honorable discharge will not face extra hardships when they return home. According to the article, these veterans (about 15 percent) can lose out on medical services offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They may also find themselves homeless.

In 2015, the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing of Ohio reported 1,183 homeless veterans in the state, with 129 living in Franklin County. In fact, the majority of Columbus' homeless have served our country in the armed forces.

An auto auction in Columbus, Ohio, can help

As legislators work to find solutions that help homeless veterans across the state, there is one quick and easy way that you can help right now. Do you have a vehicle — a car, boat, motorcycle, RV, or tractor — stowed away in your garage, driveway or a storage facility? Donate it to Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio! We can sell your car at auction and use all of the proceeds to fund our programs and services, including emergency housing, treatment programs and wrap-around supportive services for veterans and their families.

Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio has offered targeted veterans programs since 1992, and is the leading human services provider to homeless veterans in the Columbus metro area.

Search "donate my car" to find out how you can help

Donating your car couldn't be simpler. We'll arrange free same-day towing and you might even end up making more off of your vehicle as a tax-deductible donation than you would from selling it privately.

If you have any questions, contact the Car Donation & Auction Office at 800-862-6030 or fill out the online car donation form.