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      Against the Odds- Fighting Homelessness in Veterans

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      A new national report shows that homelessness among Veterans has been reduced by approximately 7 percent between January 2011 and January 2012. The decline keeps us on track to meet the goal of ending Veteran homelessness in 2015.

      In Nebraska, the numbers of homeless Veterans has decreased more than 30 percent in the last couple of years through collaboration with local agencies and outreach services.

      "This report continues a trend that clearly indicates we are on the right track in the fight to end homelessness among Veterans. While this is encouraging news, we have more work to do and will not be satisfied until no Veteran has to sleep on the street," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "The success we have achieved is directly attributable to the hard work by all of our staff, and the federal, state, and community partners who are committed to ending Veteran homelessness."

      VA has made ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 a top priority, undertaking an unprecedented campaign to dramatically increase awareness of VA services available for homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of becoming homeless.

      While the number of homeless people in the U.S. dropped by less than 1 percent, according to the 2012 AHAR, Veteran homelessness has shown a more robust decline.

      For more information about programs for homeless veterans, go to http://www.va.gov/homeless or call the national hotline for homeless veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838).

      For information concerning Nebraska's VA Health Care System, go to www.nebraska.va.gov.

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