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Volunteers gain ground on homelessness, apathy: Editorial

Volunteers gain ground on homelessness, apathy: Editorial

In October 2007, the Orlando office of the Department of Veterans Affairs launched a ground assault to rescue hundreds of troops left behind after failed attempts to resume their previous lives. Special Forces with the VA's Health Care for Homeless Veterans program fanned out across seven Central Florida counties. Team members scoured churches, shelters, soup lines, underpasses, woodsy camps and other frequent haunts of the 1,382 veterans who were homeless in Central Florida at the time. The team's marching orders: Connect veterans with permanent housing options. Over time, the team has made modest gains. For example, it's connected post-Vietnam and War on Terror...

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