Homeless Veterans

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

First Lady Expands Efforts to End Vet Homelessness

First Lady Michelle Obama

WASHINGTON -- Michelle Obama said the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this nation," as the federal government expands its initiative to provide stable and affordable housing for service members. The first lady announced Thursday nearly 100 local leaders have pledged this month to end ho... more

VA's Homeless Vet Support Deadline Causes Concern

Airmen from the 59th Medical Wing pass out free gear to homeless veterans during the 16th annual American GI Forum Veterans Stand Down. The event was organized by the National Veterans Outreach Program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

As the Department of Veterans Affairs supposedly nears its goal of ending chronic veteran homelessness in 2015, the groups that support homeless veterans are worried about the VA's support in 2016. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki vowed in 2009 that the department would end chronic veteran homelessness sometime in 2015. The number of vets on the ... more

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