Disabled Veterans National Foundation Applauds VA's Continued Progress to End Veteran Homelessness

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VA Announces $300 Million in Grants to Community Partners Working to End Veteran Homelessness

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

“This new SSVF funding has proven very worthwhile in addressing a major national crisis amongst our veterans,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.).

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation, a nonprofit veterans service organization that provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom, encourages continued progress in the fight to end homelessness among veterans.

Citing the VA’s recent announcement of the release of an additional $300 million in funding for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, DVNF is pleased with the major steps taken in the last couple years to get veterans into a home.

According to the VA, there has been a 33 percent reduction in the number of homeless veterans since 2010. In addition, in FY2014 alone, 70,000 veterans and their families have been placed in a permanent housing or have been prevented from becoming homeless.

DVNF’s Health & Comfort program is primarily targeted to assist homeless and low-income veterans receive essential items they struggle to obtain. The organization states that it strives to reach these disadvantaged veterans because roughly 53 percent of all homeless veterans struggle with a disability, in addition to many who face mental disabilities.

“This funding [SSVF] has proven very worthwhile in addressing a major national crisis amongst our veterans,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “It is sad that this is necessary for those who’ve selflessly defended our country, but it is outstanding that such vast efforts are underway to solve the issue once and for all.”

VanFonda added that DVNF is supporting many of the organizations that are SSVF grant recipients, sending major shipments of Health & Comfort supplies to complement the collaboration to help our homeless veterans.

About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

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