Resolution to Provide Homeless Veterans with Shelter and Services

Whereas, in the decade since the 9/11 terrorist attack on our country, more than 2.2 million troops have been deployed to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with many of those returning from combat facing new battles as they transition back to civilian life after having spent an average of 240 days in combat, and

Whereas, some veterans suffer invisible wounds including Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury that, if not treated, can lead to troubled relationships, lost jobs, substance abuse, homelessness, suicide, and

Whereas, homelessness among veterans between the ages of 25 and 54 has risen dramatically with 61 percent of our homeless veterans falling into this age range without adequate shelter and services; for example, in Los Angeles the number of homeless female veterans has risen 51 percent since 2009.

Therefore be it resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, recognizing the current and long term needs for shelter and supportive services for the growing population of homeless, disadvantaged and disabled veterans, urge that Master Plans for VA properties reflect the development of facilities to adequately accommodate the projected needs for this purpose and that our Congressional Delegation make the funding of these developments an urgent priority, and

Therefore be it further resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to the California Democratic Party, members of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, the Democratic members of the California Legislature, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the members of the Veterans Committees of both houses of Congress.

Author: Joe Halper 41st AD

Passed by LACDP Resolutions Comm 2/7/12

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