Friday: News Roundup! Veteran's Edition
It seems to be that there’s been quite a hullabaloo
about veterans and homelessness lately. Has anyone else noticed that?
Just this week, there were two articles about Secretary Shinseki’s commitment to ending veterans homelessness – one from the AP about
veteran homelessness in rural areas and one in the Argus Leader
The Secretary’s message has be gaining momentum this month. Since early August, Secretary Shinseki has promised the American Legion
that the country “will end vet homelessness
.” He discussed homeless veterans issues in Oregon
and in his home state of Hawaii
. Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth also carried a similar message
on Fox News this week.
The attention is certainly welcome and warranted. Veterans account for approximately one-quarter of the homeless population, and the group exhibits a high incidence of mental illness, substance abuse, and other behavioral disorders.
We at the Alliance are heartened by the renewed commitment to addressing and ending veteran homelessness
– and we wholeheartedly agree that it’s not only a social ill long overdue for transformative action, but one that we can fix as a nation.