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"VA is committed to ending the cycle of homelessness among Veterans. We will use every tool at our disposal – health care, education, jobs, safe housing – to ensure our Veterans are restored to lives with dignity, purpose and safety."
– Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs –

On Friday, the Texas Insider reported that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was "… allocating $39 million to fund about 2,200 new transitional housing beds through grants to local providers" as part of its efforts to end homelessness among Veterans within five years.   (more…)

A little over a week ago, I read an article in the Sacramento Bee that made me feel both sad and happy at the same time.

It was about a Veteran who had battled alcoholism. It was about a man who had been homeless up until just recently. It was about new friendships having been built. And, it was about a family reunion.

The article told of 68 year-old Richard Nary who – as the article worded it – had "… burned all his bridges."   (more…)

Since the day that President Obama took his Oath of Office earlier this year, there have been a number of pieces of major legislation which have been passed in a hastily reckless manner by Congress.

The argument used by the Administration and by high ranking members of both the House and the Senate for such quick passage, has been along the lines of: "We must pass this bill now. If we wait, it will be too late and things will get worse."

While I appreciate their recognizing that there is indeed an urgent need to try and bolster our struggling economy, I also am quite familiar with the old adage that "Haste makes waste."   (more…)

Although the number of folks filing for first time unemployment benefits dropped in May, the numbers rose once again in June. As a result, last week the U.S. Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate had risen to a 26 year high of 9.5 percent.

In addition, many economists are predicting that the "jobless rate" will rise to 10 percent before the year is over.

One by-product of the high unemployment rate has been an increase in the numbers of folks becoming homeless – particularly families.   (more…)

I read quite a number of news articles about homelessness each day.

Taking that into consideration, one would think that I’ve developed the proverbial "thick skin" and am able to deal with it on a purely intellectual level. That’s not always the case however. There are times when I read an article and it causes me a bit of emotional distress.

Such was the case yesterday.   (more…)