Press Statement

March 9, 2001

No. 01-02 
301 585-4000
Contact: Jim Greene


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 decade.

“Americans everywhere should salute Congressman Lane Evans for his leadership in introducing the Heather French Henry Comprehensive Homeless Veterans Act of 2001.

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.”

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is 
"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."   



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