Miami Va Reaching out to Homeless Veterans; Event Provides Healthcare, Supplies and Counseling to Help Leave the Streets

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The Miami VA Healthcare System has helped more than 2,000 Veterans leave the streets in the last 5 years and is holding an outreach event March 16 to help eliminate Veteran homelessness in South Florida.

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“Sometimes it’s just one bad choice that leads down a path that ends on the streets. Many times we are able to give people a second chance.”

When President Obama took office, the Department of Veterans took on an ambitious goal – end Veteran homelessness. In South Florida, this initiative has been a huge success, helping thousands of Veterans leave the streets, end substance abuse and transition successfully into civilian life.

Led by the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans program at the Miami VA Healthcare System, the 2013 Homeless Veteran Stand Down will be held March 16 at the American Legion Post#29 at 6445 NE 7th Ave from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“The community here in South Florida has really come together to help support Homeless Veterans,” said Beth Wolfsohn, program manager for the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program at the Miami VA. “In just the last five years we have helped more than 2,000 Veterans leave the streets. We couldn’t do that without our many local and federal partners.”

Meals, supplies and most importantly – active case management – will be offered to Veterans living in South Florida. Case management is a holistic approach to helping Veterans leave the streets that looks at physical, mental and social health to make sure that the Veterans have all the tools they need to leave the streets permanently.

“The Healthcare for Homeless Program is a comprehensive program that brings all the resources of the VA together so that these Veterans can get another chance at making it in the civilian world,” said Cheryl Smart, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans coordinator. “Sometimes it’s just one bad choice that leads down a path that ends on the streets. Many times we are able to give people a second chance.”

Who: Miami VA Healthcare System
What: 2013 Homeless Veteran Stand Down and Outreach Event
When: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: American Legion: Harry Seeds Post #29 6445 NE 7 Avenue, Miami, FL (64th & Biscayne)

For more information, contact Miami VA Office of Public Affairs at (305) 575-3399.

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