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11th March
2011
written by Catherine An

“We owe it to our veterans to provide them with the resources and support they need to put a roof over their heads. And this is just one more example of the Republicans’ reckless budget that puts politics and ideology over families, communities and even those who have served and sacrificed for our nation.”

Sen. Patty Murray, the senior senator from the state of Washington spoke out to protect housing vouchers for veterans yesterday, as reported by McClatchy newspapers. Joined by Democratic colleagues, the long-time supporter of homeless assistance programs and the effort to end in the homelessness United States spoke of the importance of protecting some of the most vulnerable people and communities in the country – including those that have served to protect the nation.

Sen. Murray wasn’t the only one thinking about veterans this week. An AP article documented the struggle of veterans returning from our conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan in finding jobs. More than 1 in 5 young veterans from those wars was unemployed last year, according to the AP article, which cites the Labor Department.

There was also a series of NPR articles this week about ending homelessness. The series, which also included information about homeless veterans featured the work of Common Ground and the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a NY-based effort intended to house the nation’s most vulnerable homeless people.

And finally, there was some buzz about the 60 Minutes report on homeless children. The story, which follows several families and young people experiencing homelessness highlights the impact that economic turmoil has specifically on children. Many, many people were moved by the stories, as evidenced by the feedback the show has received througouht the week.

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1 Comment

  1. Josh
    13/03/2011

    With the service these individuals give up for our country, you would assume that the government would be more willing to help with job placement. The programs that are used to re-house the homeless and get them off of the streets should be implemented and adjusted to the needs of the veterans that return, so the same does not happen to them.