By Maria Cuomo Cole, Chairman, HELP USA

I fought for my country. It feels good to have someone fight for me.” ~ U.S. Ranger; Iraq, 2009- 2011; Homeless, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to action to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015 is an achievable mission if we unite as a country now. We can end chronic homelessness among veterans with the continued support from local, state and federal government working together with community partners.

While the White House through Joining Forces together with the VA and NGOs like HELP USA have reduced veteran homelessness by 50 percent since the President’s 2009 election, 58,000 men and women who have served our country remain without secure shelter – and too many are at risk of homelessness due to poverty, unemployment and PTSD. More effort is needed to take full advantage of current federal funding for housing vouching and finish the job of housing homeless veterans.

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