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  • New Program Connects Homeless Veterans with Resources, Support

    Type of content: News

    here are 300 days and counting to find a place to live for every homeless veteran in the state; that's a statewide goal by the end of this year. 

    On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs announced a new push to do just that and the program is unlike any before. 

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  • VA Chief Warns of Rising Cost of Caring for Younger Veterans

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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald told lawmakers on Wednesday that the department is on track to meet two lofty goals set by his predecessor: End the disability claims backlog and veteran homelessness.

    But McDonald, in testimony before the veterans' affairs panel of the House Appropriations Committee, offered a laundry list of figures and some projections indicating that whatever victories the VA may achieve in the next year or so, the pieces already are set for the making of another one.

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  • What's the state of veterans in O.C.? Struggling, surviving and working to find a new home

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    Military veterans in Orange County – especially those who served after the 9/11 terror attacks – face significant challenges transitioning to civilian life.

    Veterans here also need more targeted support as they struggle with employment, housing and physical and mental health issues, according to the newly released “The State of the American Veteran: The Orange County Veterans Study.”

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  • Women an increasing share of homeless veterans

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    BULLHEAD CITY — For all veterans, reintegrating into their communities after active duty can be a challenge. Returning servicewomen face a battle of a different kind: They are one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population.

    According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the number of female veterans who have become homeless more than doubled in the U.S., from 1,380 in 2006 to 3,328 in 2010.

     

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  • VA details plan to eliminate veterans' homelessness

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    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs detailed its plan Friday to end veterans' homelessness in Los Angeles by 2016, pledging to open its West Los Angeles campus to permanent and temporary housing, and to place returning service members and their families in subsidized apartments throughout the county.

    The VA's "action plan," developed as part of a legal settlement, will prioritize severely disabled, mentally ill and women veterans for housing in largely abandoned buildings on its sprawling 387-acre property.

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  • Mayor’s veteran homelessness campaign nears goal

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    As the number of homeless veterans in New York City continues to trend sharply downward, the de Blasio administration's newly reemphasized goal of entirely eliminating veteran homelessness in the five boroughs by the end of the year seems within reach.

    The trend began in the last year of the Bloomberg administration, with the number of homeless veterans decreasing 72 percent since the beginning of 2013, after a concerted city-federal effort, to a current estimate total of 1,000 homeless veterans. The estimated total in Jan. 2013 was 3,547; in Jan. 2014, it was 1,645.

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  • Veterans' Experiences Illustrate Changes in VA Policies for Homelessness

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    The availability of VA housing assistance has changed dramatically for the better over the past two years--but not without snags, as can be seen in the experiences of two veterans who teetered on the brink of homelessness.

    Decades after his tour of duty in the US Marine Corps and transition back to civilian life, DB Roberts had rarely found need of assistance to which all veterans are entitled from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

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  • Study: Rapid HIV testing in shelters is affordable, effective way to reach homeless Veterans

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    Rapid HIV testing could have a dramatic effect on treating Veterans who are both homeless and HIV-positive, according to a VA study appearing in the January 2015 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

    While Veterans only make up around 11 percent of the U.S. population, they continue to be overrepresented among the U.S. homeless population. On any given night, Veterans make up some 26 percent of the nation's homeless population of nearly 610,000, putting them at a higher risk for a myriad of other conditions —among them, HIV.

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  • Landmark USC Study on Veterans Finds Need for More Help in Transition to Civilian Life

    Type of content: News

    One in five veterans in Los Angeles was homeless for a part of last year, according to a newly-published survey that breaks new ground in detailing the challenges of transitioning from military duty to civilian life.

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