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End Veteran Homelessness Act Of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

* Mr. HARE. Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 4810, the End Veteran Homelessness Act. I want to thank Chairman FILNER for his leadership on this issue.

* Madam Speaker, on any given night this year, over 100,000 veterans are sleeping on the streets. And this year alone, 300,000 veterans will experience homelessness.

* Additionally, there has been an alarming increase in the number of female homeless veterans over the last decade.

* Madam Speaker, addressing the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans National Conference, Secretary Shinseki said, ``We have a moral duty to prevent and eliminate homelessness among Veterans.'' I could not agree more and I applaud the Secretary for his commitment to end veterans homelessness in the next 5 years.

* Madam Speaker, we have seen how using the media to educate veterans about available services has been extremely effective, and in order to meet this goal, the Veterans Affairs Department should immediately begin conducting media outreach to connect homeless veterans to available programs, services and benefits.

* That is why I introduced the Help our Homeless Veterans Act. My bill would direct the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out a national media campaign to raise awareness about programs and services available to homeless veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless.

* Madam Speaker, I want to thank Chairman FILNER for including my bill into H.R. 4810 and acknowledge the special attention the committee has made to promote awareness of such assistance available to homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children.

* Madam Speaker, with increased awareness about programs to assist homeless veterans, we can end veterans homelessness by 2014.

* No veteran should experience homelessness, and this bill ensures our nation's heroes know where to turn to for help. I urge all my colleagues to support H.R. 4810.

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