There are a lot of reasons to get mad living in America these days; we sometimes seem to have forgotten what made this nation great sometimes. A lot of what we have has been paid for in blood and sacrifice by those who so selflessly fought for our freedom. Politicians fight for the rights of illegal immigrants and support giving them food, shelter and healthcare while underfunding a wide assortment of veterans programs across the country. It is a sad state of affairs to say the least for those who gave so much. Well, it is nice to see several states, and especially Virginia, now doing something very positive for veterans.
I served my country but never went through the trauma of war myself; I can’t even begin to imagine what putting your life on the line in combat is like. But, I do have a pretty good idea that it changes someone drastically. Some people get through it ok and hide the scars and yet others go down a path that is much darker in nature and they can’t lead productive lives. That is what makes the issue of veteran’s homelessness so important. Of course it’s true that all homeless veterans did not necessarily fight in battle, but they deserve some respect just for having served too.
Kudos to Virginia for taking a stand to end homelessness for veterans in the state. The effort has been spearheaded by Governor Terry McAuliffe who has gotten very strong support from all branches of government in the state.
It all started last year in response to a federal initiative that was called the “Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.” Although other states have made efforts to end veteran homelessness too, Virginia took it one step further and a lot of politicians and other people really stepped up and got behind the effort.
Last year’s annual survey of homelessness in the state identified 620 veterans among the homeless there. This is a number that was apparently pretty far off, seeing as how some 1432 veterans have been provided shelter by the state’s effort so far. The great thing about the way the folks in Virginia are going about taking on this effort is they are not just putting a roof over these veteran’s heads. They are trying to give them lasting stability by making efforts to provide them with jobs and health care too. It has truly been a great effort by the state.
As was mentioned, there are estimates that several other states are housing homeless veterans faster than new ones are found on the street. So far, the President’s initiative has taken 36% of the known homeless veterans off the streets. It would be great to see that number rise.
To all you veterans out there and everyone else too, keep an eye out for any veterans that you may know that need help. It was an honor for them to serve you and what greater honor can we now do for them than to help them in their time of need.
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