Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 03, 2012
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), a non-profit organization founded by six women veterans to provide support services, financial aid and employment assistance to all veterans, announced its support for the Women’s Homeless Veterans Act, a bill that would increase funding to meet the needs of homeless women veterans.
The legislation, introduced by Nevada Senator Dean Heller, would require that at least 15 percent of funds provided to the Grant and Per Diem Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs be used to provide assistance to homeless female veterans and children. The measure also would give the VA the authority to reimburse shelters and facilities that participate in the Grant and Per Diem Program for services provided to the children of homeless veterans.
The number of homeless women veterans has more than doubled since 2006 and represents eight percent of the estimated 67,000 homeless veterans in the U.S., according to the 2010 Veterans Supplement to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
Meanwhile, the amount of funding authorized by Congress to the Department of Veterans Affairs division that provides services for women and children does not adequately reflect the growing number of women homeless veterans.
“We are increasingly concerned about homeless women veterans, and those who are nearly homeless – especially those with children,” said Raegan Rivers, Chief Administrative Officer of the DVNF. “These women served our country and they need our help. They deserve the support of all Americans, and the ability to easily access programs and shelters to help them get back on their feet and care for their families. For that reason, we fully support Senator Haller’s bill and will do whatever we can to advocate its passage into law.”
About Disabled Veterans National Foundation: The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to change the lives of men and women who came home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom. A nonprofit 501c3, DVNF was founded in the fall of 2007 by six women veterans to expand their scope of work within the veteran's community. For more information, visit http://www.dvnf.org.