Thursday, June 10, 2010

VA Secretary hopes to eliminate veterans homelessness in five years

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, in Cleveland on Friday, says he hopes to eliminate homelessness among veterans within the next five years.

Speaking at the Wade Park campus of the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Eric Shinseki said homeless veterans are one of his top three priorities, along with improving veterans' access to benefits and services, and reducing the backlog of veterans benefit claims.

The VA estimates there are some 107,000 homeless vets nationally.

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