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It’s likely that tonight a veteran from your community who sacrificed to protect our nation will be without housing. He or she could be a recent veteran just home from Iraq or Afghanistan. He or she might be an older veteran whose service ended decades ago.
Veterans face unique obstacles in finding stable, safe housing. Skills learned in the military do not always translate to civilian jobs. Combat-related injuries or mental-health conditions can make finding and keeping housing difficult. At the same time the critical shortage of affordable housing and continued high unemployment make the transition from military to civilian life a challenge for veterans. For all these reasons, there is an over representation of veterans among people experiencing homelessness.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Ending homelessness among veterans is an achievable goal. Veteran homelessness has declined nearly 17% since 2009, and with continued funding and support, we can reach a day where every veteran has secure housing. We know what it will take to get there, and we have a plan.
But it won’t happen without your help.
Our elected officials and service providers need to see and hear the overwhelming support from Americans to finally end veteran homelessness.