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Before the Subcommittee on Health House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Concerning H.R. 2699

June 21, 2007
It is a national disgrace that so many veterans – upwards of 200,000, according to most estimates – do not have a place to call home.  There are many causes of homelessness; in the case of too many veterans, their experiences in combat are likely one of the reasons they have “dropped out” of society and self-medicate with alcohol and other drugs.

Title VII of Public Law 109-461, The Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, clearly reaffirms the national goal to end chronic homelessness among veterans, as well as its “encouragement that all departments and agencies of the Federal, State, and local governments, quasi-governmental organizations, private and public sector entities, including community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and individuals, work cooperatively to end chronic homelessness among veterans.”

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