American Legion Magazine - Nothing to Lose

News Article

By:  Pete King
Date: Dec. 1, 2008
Location: Unknown


American Legion Magazine - Nothing to Lose

Homeless veterans in America: they're not criminals or misfits. They are individuals who have served America, and we need to help them find their way back home.

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Besides the efforts of Sen. Murray, who says she will continue to press for more funding of housing vouchers, Congress is considering two bills that could help veterans at risk for homelessness. One, the Homes for Heroes Act, directs HUD to help nonprofit groups that provide housing for low-income veterans and their families. The other, H.R. 5823, was introduced by Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., to allow a taxpayer to donate $3 on income tax forms to help homeless veterans.

"There can be any number of important causes," says Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., one of the bill's 55 cosponsors. "But when you're asking someone to literally take a bullet for their country, the least we can do is to make sure they've got a roof over their heads."

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