On Veterans Day, we pause to remember those who have fought to preserve the rights we hold dear. This year marks the 60th observance of Veterans Day and the 95th anniversary of Armistice Day, which commemorates the end of the First World War. While the heroes of World War I are no longer with us, we are grateful for their service and for the service of the brave women and men who have followed in their footsteps.
Despite their contributions to this nation, there are still veterans struggling to find steady housing or to access health care. It’s our duty to guarantee that they have a roof over their heads and the benefits they deserve.
Last month, I traveled across Ohio to build support for legislation to help veterans secure permanent housing. The bill would ease the transition to stable housing; allow the VA to increase legal aid to homeless veterans so they can receive help filing claims or getting identification; and provide services for homeless female veterans and their children – a population that is often underserved. We’ve made progress in reaching the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) goal of eliminating veterans’ homelessness nationwide by 2015 but there’s more work to do to assist the 50,000 homeless veterans across the United States.
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