The 114th Congress, although contentious at times, was productive. Thanks to your support and participation, we’ve made encouraging progress toward our mission to convince the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide adequate hospice care for terminally ill homeless veterans.
“I’m very proud of the work that the Committee accomplished during the course of the 114th Congress,” states U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee Executive Director Gerald Johnson. “From our meeting with House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, to our numerous meetings with high-ranking officials within the Department of Veterans Affairs, our members and supporters can be proud of the work they helped get accomplished.”
But we can’t rest on what we have accomplished in the past. This mission to provide our military heroes with the care they deserve has only just begun. A new administration is now in place. The Committee must get to know an entirely new set of leaders within both the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That’s where your support will be more important than ever. Your constant participation in our national surveys and petition drives will continue to be the driving force in our fight to get proper end-of-life care to terminally ill homeless veterans.
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.
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