REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS PUSH TO HOUSE HOMELESS VETERAN HEROES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald announced a concentrated 30-day effort by VA staff and partners to house as many homeless Veterans in their communities as possible.
“I applaud VA Secretary McDonald’s announcement today of a concerted 30-day push to house homeless Veterans from coast to coast. As a Veteran, I believe that no woman or man who has served their nation in uniform should have to fight for a roof over their head when their service is done. Some veterans are homeless precisely because of mental or physical injuries they incurred when they served our country.”
“It’s fitting that Secretary McDonald announced this push to house homeless heroes in Los Angeles. Both the Secretary and I know that Veteran homelessness in America won’t be solved without solving it in Los Angeles County. In Congress, I worked on a bipartisan basis to find solutions to restore the West Los Angeles VA. I was deeply humbled when President Obama signed my legislation into law, authorizing the VA to implement the Master Plan for the West L.A. campus. The new West LA VA will have 1,200 units of supportive housing on campus and offer new crucial services for our community’s Veterans.”
“This progress paves the way for fiercer and even more urgent work in our mission to honor the debt owed to our Veteran heroes. Today’s announcement by Secretary McDonald is another step forward in that collective mission.”