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December 19, 2013

Veterans deserve a place to live

 Those who risked their lives defending this country are owed way more than we can repay.

But we can begin by helping ensure those veterans do not end up homeless.

The Supportive Services for Veterans Families is one of many programs designed to provide housing assistance through the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Opening Doors has a goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015.

Thankfully, homelessness among veterans is on the decline. But, just last January there were 57,849 veterans who were homeless in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

That number is both appalling and sad.

There is the sad fact that the cruelties of war can be seen in some of our homeless veterans.

They come back from military actions less capable of surviving in society.

There are some who can’t be helped.

But, there are many, many more who can be helped.

We as a nation should be doing as much as humanly possible to assist veterans.

These men and women fought to defend our most basic freedoms.

They fought to preserve our way of life.

Many volunteered to join the military.

It is a debt that can’t be ignored.

Whether you agree with every action the federal government or the armed services have taken is not the issue for now.

The issue is that without people willing to defend our borders, none of us would be free. That word should mean something.

Veterans earned and preserved our freedom.

We owe them a roof over their heads — at least.

Veterans    deserve         a place to live

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