Homeless Veterans: Permanent Housing Vouchers Funded

Homeless Woman Iraqi War Veteran in Wheelchair...

Homeless Woman Iraqi War Veteran in Wheelchair and her Chihuahua, at San Diego Stand Down. Photograph by Patty Mooney of San Diego, California, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two federal agencies have joined forces to provide $72.6 million to fund permanent housing and staff to handle case management for homeless veterans in all 50 states.

The departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development are working with local housing agencies to provide some 10,000 homeless veterans rental vouchers and the local VA Medical Centers staff  will furnish comprehensive case management.

It’s the goal of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to prevent and eliminate homelessness among Veterans by 2015. The latest estimate, according to the VA, shows that the number of homeless Veterans dropped by almost 12 percent.

A state-by-state breakdown of the housing voucher grants is available HERE.

An overview of the HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) program is available HERE.

Military Dog Picture of the Week

“Dude, put your tongue away. You are embarrassing me.”
“Sorry dad, I’m just excited to go find things for you.”
Photo and caption by Kevin Hanrahan.

Kevin Hanrahan’s blog is quickly becoming a favorite  in part because of his Military Dog Pictures of the week. Here he shares photos from a recent visit to the Inter-Service Advanced Skills K-9 (IASK) Course, YUMA Proving Grounds Arizona.

Hanrahan is a 20-year Army veteran who served three combat tours. While in Afghanistan, he was instrumental in spearheading the surge of dogs into Afghanistan and lobbied the Army to adopt the explosive detecting dog program.

He is a writer working on a novel, Paws on the Ground, about U.S. Soldiers and the dogs that protect them in the treacherous and alien terrain of Afghanistan.

Hanrahan also is advocating for a national monument honoring the Military Working Dog Teams. The monument has been approved by congress. Now, supporters are raising public funds to get it built. You can visit the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument website for details.

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