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State to get $570,000 to house homeless veterans

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:00 a.m. HST, May 30, 2013

About $570,000 in federal funding is heading to Hawaii to help veterans who are struggling with homelessness.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday that they will give $60 million to local public housing agencies nationwide.

The money will fund permanent housing for about 9,000 homeless veterans across the nation.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa says the country has an obligation to support veterans who are transitioning to civilian life.

She says it is a tragedy to see military service members become homeless after returning from war.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development says homelessness among veterans dropped by 17.2 percent between 2009 and 2012. The agency says more funding is expected to be announced this summer.

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allie wrote:
on May 29,2013 | 02:04PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Do we have a lot of homeless veterans? If so, why? Don't many of them gain maturity and learn some kind of skill in the military? Would these same people be homeless now if they did NOT serve in the military?
on May 29,2013 | 03:49PM
HCSSC wrote:
Many veterans are struggling with injuries (amputations, PTSD, brain damage, etc) that occurred while they were serving in the military. The 1-2 year backlog in handling medical claims by Veterans Affairs has left many of our veterans without the medical care they need or were promised while they wait, and wait, and wait. By the time the VA claims have been addressed, many of the veteran applicants have exhausted all their resources and are homeless.
on May 29,2013 | 04:44PM
Skyler wrote:
Add substance abuse to that list & you end up with yet another reason so many are homeless.
on May 29,2013 | 05:10PM
sayer wrote:
Substance abuse is often triggered or escalated by the trauma of war.
on May 30,2013 | 08:01AM
pcman wrote:
IRT sailfish on vets. Good questions. I would venture to say that most homeless vets learned skills that are not applicable in the civilian world, such as infantryman, tank gunner, artilleryman, etc. Most who drop out of the military short of a 20-year career, did not like military life, careers, restrictions, discipline, punishment, pressures for promotion, forced training and education, etc. When they get out, they cannot adjust to civilian life, different pressures, such as job hunting, housing, etc. Needless to say, most homeless vets probably could not do well in or out of the military. Therefore, I believe military service did not cause them to be dysfunctional, but it did not help their self esteem, or cause their homelessness. Having said all that, the VA should try to take care of those vets who may have become homeless because of their injuries, disabilities, handicaps and illnesses related to their military service.
on May 29,2013 | 07:28PM
mikethenovice wrote:
We need to remind the veterans that we have not forgotten them for serving our country.
on May 29,2013 | 05:10PM
serious wrote:
Agreed. They have the GI Bill for education and housing and get counseled when exiting the service. But they must take advantage of it. Also it's a shock when one is used to free housing, free meals, free clothing, free medical and dental, and not having to think for yourself. When I go by the VA clinic at Tripler I feel disgusted by the way they look--long hair, tattoos, body piercings, their clothing!! They look like rebels, anti military. Sorry to look at them and if they approach a potential employer like that!!!!!!
on May 30,2013 | 06:19AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Every true Democrat and Republican understand why we help our veterans. Even Republican Mitt Romney with his plans to cut the budget would lend a hand to help our veterans.
on May 29,2013 | 05:13PM
localguy wrote:
One would hope our elected bureaucrats have enough smarts (Yeah, right) to keep their sticky fingers off these funds to help vets. No raiding, no touching, nothing. Federal government provided meaning you can't waste it on your pet projects. Too many times you have proven your inability to do what is right, no ethical behavior in your blood, take, take, take. Hands off.
on May 29,2013 | 11:26PM
clum56 wrote:
Really, there's an abundance of Homeless Vets in the Land of Aloha? I just hope that the $$ are given to the deserving people who will appreciate the assistance to get their lives back on track.
on May 30,2013 | 05:15AM
Tenatwelve wrote:
I know several people who are presently attending college on the G.I. bill. In addition to classes and books, they also receive a housing stipend of 2200 dollars a month. Wouldn’t it be better to have them enroll into that program so they can eventually become self sufficient?
on May 30,2013 | 07:07AM
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