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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

VA Budget Funds Ending Backlog, Homelessness

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.

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday released its proposed 2015 budget of $164 billion, reflecting a 6.5 percent increase in spending over the current year. Among the goals VA officials say will be achieved in 2015 are the end of veteran homelessness and the elimination of the disability claims backlog, which has earned it criticis... more

Homeless Colonel Grateful for Outpouring

Retired Air Force Col. Robert Freniere

Retired Air Force Col. Robert Freniere says he is considering dozens of offers for housing and jobs after an outpouring of responses from Inquirer readers who learned of his story of unemployment and homelessness last Sunday. Freniere, who spent 30 years in the military, both in active duty and the reserves, estimates he has gotten two dozen of... more

AF Colonel Goes From Pentagon to Homelessness

Retired Air Force Col. Robert Freniere

After a 30-year military career in which he earned three graduate degrees, rose to the rank of colonel, and served as an aide to Pentagon brass, Robert Freniere can guess what people might say when they learn he's unemployed and lives out of his van: Why doesn't this guy get a job as a janitor? Freniere answers his own question: "Well, I've tr... more

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