Homeless veterans get grant money
in San Francisco
By Elizabeth Daley, Bay City News Service
November 14, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The Department of Veterans Affairs
announced today a $100,000 grant would be given to The Salvation
Army in San Francisco to provide assistance to homeless veterans
in the area.
According to a statistic provided by the Department of Veterans
Affairs, there are 2.3 million veterans in California, and while
many of them are able to find employment, the Department of Veterans
Affairs reports one third of all homeless men and nearly one quarter
of all homeless people in the United States have served in the
"Only through a dedicated partnership with community and
faith based organizations can we hope to end homelessness among
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson. "California
veterans answered their country's call to serve during its greatest
times of need, and now some live without shelter. This grant will
help them get back on the road to self-reliance."
According to Dave Bayard, a Vietnam veteran and spokesman for
the department, most homeless veterans are either homeless due
to psychiatric conditions, substance abuse problems or a mixture
The Veterans Affairs Department reports to have the largest integrated
network of homeless assistance in the country.
According to department officials, social workers and other clinicians
conduct extensive outreach programs, medical treatment and drug
and employment counseling programs.
Bayard said it can be difficult for veterans to overcome injuries
and enter the workforce and some find themselves permanently disabled.
According to Bayard, multiple trauma injuries including traumatic
brain injury are the most common injuries suffered by recent veterans.
Bayard said traumatic brain injuries occur when personnel endure
intense explosion and can be extremely difficult to overcome.
The Salvation Army will operate on Turk Street in San Francisco
and provide mental health, substance abuse and employment services.
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