Bid to find homes for veterans brings money to region

    Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy is trying to reduce the number of homeless veterans in the region. It’s part of a nationwide push by the Department of Veterans Affairs to eliminate veteran homelessness within five years.

    Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy is trying to reduce the number of homeless veterans in the region. It’s part of a nationwide push by the Department of Veterans Affairs to eliminate veteran homelessness within five years.

    Congressman Murphy has secured federal funds for two local VA Medical Centers to serve and house homeless veterans in Pennsylvania.

    $1.2M will go towards adding beds to the Coatesville VA Center, while another $100,000 will be set aside for the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

    As an Army veteran of the Iraq war, Congressman Murphy stresses the importance of easing transitions for those who served.

    Muprhy: A lot of them have lost their way, but they are just one phone call away from being brought back into the system and making sure they know we can take care of them, we’re there for them that our brothers and sisters still want to make sure that they’re being treated with the dignity and honor that they’ve earned.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that 107,000 veterans throughout the country were homeless each night last year,  which is an eighteen percent drop from 2008.

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