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


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

November 9, 2017, 03:17:00 PM

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Unites States — This year, US Vets 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 US Veterans Affairs (VA.Gov) 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 Vets and Washington Veterans 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 VA medical centers, other Unites States agencies and community-based homeless service providers to create a one-stop shop for the support services US 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 US Vets 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] Vets in need — not just during National Vets and Military Families Month[5] or this week – but seven days a week, 365 days a year. VA will not rest until every USA Veterans has access to safe, permanent housing.” 

Since 2010, ongoing efforts to assist Washington Veterans who lack stable housing have resulted in a 47 percent reduction in homelessness among USA Veterans. As a result of the collaborative efforts of US VA and its federal, state, and local partners, three states — Connecticut, Delaware and Virginia — and more than 50 communities have effectively ended Vet 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 VA Medical Center[7]

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

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