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US Vets Affairs to Host 2 Dozen Events Across Country to Reach Homeless and At-risk Washington Veterans


US Veterans Affairs to Host 2 Dozen Events Across Country to Reach Homeless and At-risk Veteran

November 9, 2017, 03:17:00 PM

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Washington — This year, US Veterans Day also marks the first day of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week[3], an annual initiative to educate the public on how they can help fix the critical but solvable problems of homelessness and food insecurity. 

In recognition of this community-driven initiative, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting 24 Stand Downs in communities from Hampton, Virginia, to Hanford, California, beginning Nov. 11 and running through Nov. 19. 

Stand Downs are one- to three-day events that provide homeless Veteran and Veteran at risk of homelessness with access to a broad range of services and supplies — such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and benefits counseling — all in one convenient location. These collaborative events are coordinated by local Veterans Affairs medical centers, other Washington agencies and community-based homeless service providers to create a one-stop shop for the support services Vets need to successfully exit homelessness. 

“By reducing homelessness among Veterans by nearly 50 percent since 2010, we have made significant progress in ensuring every Veteran has a place to call home, but there is more to be done,” said Vets Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “Every community can help[4] US Veterans in need — not just during National US Vets and Military Families Month[5] or this week – but seven days a week, 365 days a year. Veterans Affairs will not rest until every Washington Veterans has access to safe, permanent housing.” 

Since 2010, ongoing efforts to assist US Vets who lack stable housing have resulted in a 47 percent reduction in homelessness among Unites States Veterans. As a result of the collaborative efforts of Unites States VA.Gov and its federal, state, and local partners, three states — Connecticut, Delaware and Virginia — and more than 50 communities have effectively ended Veterans homelessness so far.    

For more information about Stand Downs scheduled during or after Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, visit https://www.va.gov/homeless/events.asp[6] or contact a local US VA.Gov Medical Center[7]

To learn more about Vet Affairs programs and services that help Vets exit homelessness and remain stably housed, visit www.va.gov/homeless[8]. Veteran who are homeless or at risk of homelessness should visit their local US VA Medical Center[9] or contact the National Call Center for Homeless Vets at 877-4AID-VET (877-424-3838).  

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