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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

CONGRESSIONAL FORUM ON HOMELESS VETERANS.....................

WHAT: Congressional Forum on Homeless Veterans

WHERE: Cannon House Office Building, Room 334

WHEN: THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2006 @ 10:30 A.M.

Each night, as many as 200,000 veterans are living on the streets or in shelters. Women who have served in the military are up to four times more likely to become homeless then their peers in the general population. About 50% of all homeless veterans suffer from mental illness. More than two-thirds suffer from alcohol or drug abuse problems. According to the Veterans Affairs (VA), the number of homeless vietnam era veterans is greater than the number of service members who died during that war.

Behind these astounding statistics are men and women who have served our nation and who need a hand to help them recover, rehabilitate and reintegrate back into society. Rep. Lane Evans (D-IL) and Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) are convening a Congressional forum to provide information about what works and other steps we should be taking to help at-risk and homeless veterans. Invited panelists include a former homeless woman veteran, Department of Veterans Affairs experts and other leaders of programs helping homeless veterans.


Information From: Geoffrey Colliver
Office of Rep. Lane Evans (D-IL)
Media Release
May 10, 2006

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