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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Department of Veterans Affairs: Number of Homeless Veterans Drops 21 Percent

Just over the wire in a news release from the Department of Veterans Affairs, they announce that in the past year, due to a number of factors, including services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its partners in community, the number of homeless veterans, on a typical night, typical night has declined 21 percent.

The announcement was made as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake was elected to chair the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, that the figure for homeless veterans has dropped from 195,000 to about 154,000.

According to Peake, "We are seeing significant progress in the fight against homelessness. This success should encourage all those concerned about homeless veterans, for it shows we can make a difference in the lives of these veterans through our services and with our community partners."

The number is still too high after all these men and women have done for our country, one would be too many. This is a step in the right direction and the fact that the effort continues is the bright side.

The decline in veterans’ homelessness was attributed, in part, to VA’s success in providing more services for homeless veterans and improved coordination of federal, state and local efforts.

You can find out more about new programs, opening of new facilities and recent press releases at the Department of Veterans Affairs website.