The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness, part of the Federal plan to end homelessness, is a vital framework that makes the goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of this year is a real possibility. But even with such emphasis from the Federal government, without the work of community service providers in the field, and other partners at every level, our goal would not be possible.
The American Legion, with its more than 2.4 million members and over 14,000 posts across the country, has a vast reach in the American veteran population. When it comes to partners in this effort, The Legion is a longtime ally; engaged in the issue of veteran homelessness, and committed to ensuring no veteran goes without a home. A recent example of this commitment is national, state, and local Legion officials and volunteers taking to the streets in Los Angeles to find homeless veterans, listen to their concerns and needs, and offer them assistance. Representatives from NCHV member organization US VETS teamed up with the Legion contingent on a night in late March in the Skid Row section of Los Angeles.
"Sometimes you have to take the solution to the veteran,” said Verna Jones, Executive Director of The American Legion. “If they can’t get to the help, we’ll bring it to them. We want to let veterans know that The American Legion is here, and we care.”
Read more about The American Legion’s night in Los Angeles in this story from legion.org. Learn more about The Legion’s resources and services available for homeless veterans here, including “On Call,” a guide produced in partnership with NCHV.