Homeless Veterans

VA Launches Employment Program for Homeless Veterans

The number of homeless veterans dropped 7 percent between January 2011 and January 2012, the VA says, an indication that plans to end veteran homelessness by 2015 are on track.

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced a new employment program aimed at helping job-ready Veterans exiting homelessness, and those on the brink of homelessness, gain stable and long-term employment.  The new program, Homeless Veteran Community Employment Services (HVCES), relies on Community Employment Coordinators (CE... more

Hundreds of Orlando-area homeless veterans now have place of their own

The number of homeless veterans dropped 7 percent between January 2011 and January 2012, the VA says, an indication that plans to end veteran homelessness by 2015 are on track.

It's all his. "I've been here a year now, and I'm still tickled pink," said Bailey, 54, who spent 16 years homeless -- sleeping in shelters, cars and under bridges. Though he never saw combat, his four years in the military left him with a chronic hip problem and, eventually, severe pain that he medicated with drugs and alcohol. Struggling ... more

VA Chief Warns of Rising Cost of Caring for Younger Veterans

Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio flanked by Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, right, listen during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings. (AP Photo)

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald told lawmakers on Wednesday that the department is on track to meet two lofty goals set by his predecessor: End the disability claims backlog and veteran homelessness. But McDonald, in testimony before the veterans' affairs panel of the House Appropriations Committee, offered a laundry list of figures ... more

40K Calls for Help at VA’s Homeless Call Center Go Unanswered

The number of homeless veterans dropped 7 percent between January 2011 and January 2012, the VA says, an indication that plans to end veteran homelessness by 2015 are on track.

A Veterans Affairs official on Thursday said the agency is making changes to its homeless veterans national call center, a 60-person department that the VA's Office of the Inspector General recently concluded had failed to respond to more than 40,000 calls for assistance. Lisa Pape, executive director for homeless programs with the Veterans ... more

Study Finds Troops Aren't Ready for Civilian Life

transitioning Soldier holds beret

A new study released Tuesday says half of U.S. troops return to civilian life with untreated mental and physical illnesses, and one in every 10 has thought of suicide or planned to take their lives. The survey of Los Angeles County veterans showed that 80 percent of veterans didn't have a job when they left the military, and close to a quarter ... more

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