U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee Executive Director Gerald Johnson recently toured the facilities at the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center to see first-hand one of the nation’s busiest veterans medical centers.
“The first thing I asked to see was their hospice unit,” states Johnson. “Our military veterans, especially those in their greatest time of need deserve only the best care,” continued Johnson. “From what I was able to see at the VA center, they are doing a wonderful job caring for our brave men and women of the military. Now we must work to expand this level of care to include terminally ill homeless veterans.”
The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee will continue to press Congress to allocate money to enhance the Department of Veterans Affairs to not only properly care for terminally ill homeless veterans, but to utilize funding to expand its reach to identify potential health risks that homeless veterans face.
U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee’s Executive Director Attends 26th Annual National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Conference
Executive Director Gerald B. Johnson (right) and Dr. Thomas O'Toole of the Department of Veterans Affairs at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Annual Conference in Washington, D.C..
U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee Executive Director Gerald Johnson recently attended the 26th Annual National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Conference held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Washington, D.C.
“We’ve been attending this important event for the last 6 years, and this year’s was by far the most attended,” states Executive Director Gerald Johnson. “It was a sold out program. Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia spoke at the opening ceremony, as well as Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. The atmosphere was inspiring. Thousands of people coming together, dedicated to helping rescue our homeless veterans from the streets.”
Thank you to all U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee members and supporters who ultimately make events like the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Conference possible. Without your continued participation and passion to help our true military heroes, our mission would not be possible. Thank you.
U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee Executive Director Gerald Johnson recently met with Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC-3) to discuss the troubling problem of terminally ill homeless veterans, and their urgent need for proper end-of-life care.
“Congressman Jones was aware of the issue due to the strong military presence in North Carolina’s third Congressional district,” explains Executive Director Gerald Johnson. “The Committee’s ultimate goal is to get the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a network of hospice facilities dedicated solely to terminally ill homeless veterans, and Congressman Jones could not have been more supportive,” continued Johnson. “We are now entering the critical stage of crafting legislation that Members on both sides of the aisle can agree on to ensure passage.”
The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee would like to publicly thank Congressman Jones for his support on this issue. Without a voice on Capitol Hill, this issue will assuredly continue to fall on deaf ears. Thanks must also be given to our loyal members and supporters who are the true heroes in this effort. Without their constant support this mission would be virtually impossible to undertake. Thank you!
The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee recently attended the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) “Veterans Access to Housing Summit” held in downtown Washington, D.C..
“The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans continues to do a great job in the fight to end Veteran’s homelessness,” says Legislative Director Sean Ferritor. “They are a fantastic ally for the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee in our effort to pressure the Department of Veterans Affairs to connect the dots and finally enact a network of hospice facilities dedicated solely to chronically and terminally ill homeless veterans,” continued Ferritor.
The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee was invited to participate in this year’s Housing Summit for one specific reason, and that reason is you. Thanks to your participation in our grassroots program we have gotten the attention of the major players in the fight to end all veterans’ homelessness, and given those with terminal illnesses a voice in Washington they have never had. Thank you, for all that you do for our military heroes in their true time of need.
U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee Legislative Director Sean Ferritor (right) and Acting Director of the VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, Dr. Thomas O’Toole, discuss veterans’ homelessness after a hearing on Capitol Hill.
The U.S. Veteran Hospice Committee attended a hearing recently held by the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs titled, “Ending Veteran Homelessness.” Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, welcomed two panels to Capitol Hill to testify on behalf of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“This is exactly the type of hearing we need to see more of on Capitol Hill,” says Legislative Director Sean Ferritor. “As veterans continue to return home from conflicts abroad, it is essential that they have the tools in place from the VA to work themselves back into society,” continued Ferritor. “Because as we have seen all too often, many of these brave men and women, who’ve put their lives on the line to protect ours, are particularly vulnerable to becoming homeless.”
Without your constant participation in our program and mission, it would not have been possible to attend this important hearing. I feel confident when I say to you that your voice is being heard on Capitol Hill. Thank you for all that you have done in support of the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee, and all homeless veterans. Thank You!
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