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A huge victory has just been won in an ongoing war right here on our home turf: the war against veteran homelessness.
Last week, Virginia announced that it has met the federal definition of ending homelessness among veterans. According to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, there are no veterans without a roof to sleep under, except for vets who refused their offer.
The state has no shortage of veterans, either.
Virginia, which has the seventh largest veteran population in the country, has matched more than 1,400 homeless veterans with permanent housing in the past year, McAuliffe’s office said.
While Virginia is the first state to reach the milestone, other major cities in the nation have found homes for their less fortunate veterans.
Virginia’s announcement on Veterans Day corresponded with other city-level announcements. The city of Las Vegas; the city of Syracuse, New York; and the city of Schenectady, New York, will also announce that they have ended veteran homelessness in their cities, according to a release from the White House, which has championedthese programs.
Oh, and thanks, Obama. (We mean it this time).
In 2010, the Obama administration unveiled a national plan to end homelessness, with a focus on veterans. In the past year, Houston, Phoenix, New Orleans and a number of other major cities have successfully been able to pull all of their homeless veterans off of the streets using the housing-first model, funded in part by housing vouchers provided by the federal government.
Veteran homelessness has declined by 36% between 2010 and January, according to the White House.
Gotta give credit where credit is due.
It’s a terrible reality that a nation will leave a man to shiver on the streets he risked his life to defend, and it’s comforting to know that we are taking massive strides towards eradicating the problem.
Too many of our veterans have suffered enough abroad. Glad we’re giving more and more of them a home to come back to..
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