The following statement was issued today by Vietnam Veterans of
America (VVA) President George C. Duggins commenting on Congressman
Lane Evans (D-IL) introduction yesterday of a bill (HR 936)
designed to end homelessness among America’s veterans within a
“Americans everywhere should
salute Congressman Lane Evans for his leadership in introducing
the Heather French Henry Comprehensive Homeless Veterans Act of
VVA thanks Ms. Heather French,
who served as Miss America 2000, for her tenacious and
extraordinary efforts on behalf of justice for all veterans, but
particularly for her efforts on behalf of homeless veterans.
It is appropriate that this proposed Act be named after
her, as her father is a disabled Vietnam veteran, who is an active
member of VVA.
This Act will provide a
‘holistic’ and comprehensive approach to help homeless
veterans get off the streets, surmount their problems, secure
permanent housing, and obtain and sustain meaningful employment.
VVA also thanks and salutes
Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) for his intention to introduce the
same bill in the Senate. VVA
favors quick action and passage of this bill so the President can
sign it into law before Memorial Day 2001.
Our National Organization, most of our VVA State
Councils and many of our local Chapters have actively been
assisting homeless veterans for twenty years. And, we have an
ongoing Task Force on Homeless Veterans that reports regularly to
our VVA Leadership.”