Five years ago, homeless veterans were promised a solution to end homelessness among military veterans by the end of 2015. That target date to help our homeless veterans find homes is only three months away and the solution- with the cold months of winter fast approaching - is nowhere in sight.
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, there are over 800,000 men and women who served in the uniform of the United States who slept on the streets without a home on at least one night in 2014.
And despite the hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom still left out on the streets, the United States will soon begin to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees with each refugee costing a minimum of $15,700 for resettling costs according the State Department.
Veterans advocates say that the money to help our military veterans living on the streets is there, and now it's time for Americans to demand that our homeless veterans come first.
The promise to end homelessness among our veterans is one which needs to be revisited. In 2010, the White House made a promise to dedicate all its resources to end homelessness among veterans in five years.
President Obama championed the cause and spoke about the "fight to end homelessness among our veterans" on multiple occasions.
"We are going to remain relentless ... in our fight to end homelessness among our veterans. We have to have zero tolerance for homelessness among our veterans.” -- President Barack Obama (January 24, 2011).
While it is true that homelessness among military veterans has improved nationwide, the number of homeless veterans continues to rise in 17 states. In Washington, D.C., 1 in every 50 veterans is homeless and the overall rate of homeless military veterans has increased 13 percent.
Here on the Hero Giveaways blog, we've reported that not all news is bad news when it comes to the problem of homeless veterans. The following video of ABC News' Bob Woodruff traveling the country examining new efforts end homelessness among US veterans shows that there are success stories of civilians joining together to help reduce the number of homeless veterans. In fact, some cities like New Orleans are ending homelessness for our military veterans.
Let's not wait for our politicians to come up with an answer. As this video shows us, we can take this problem on ourselves and help find homes for those who sacrificed so much to protect our homes.
As long as there is one homeless veteran living on the streets, the United States has not solved the problem of homeless military veterans.
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