Homeless veterans are targeted by criminals and thugs. They are beaten and robbed. John D'Amico, a homeless army veteran, was attacked and severely beaten by a group of teenagers who claimed they simply, "had nothing better to do."
"It is a national disgrace," says Executive Di-rector Gerald Johnson, "that our homeless veterans endure this violence on a regular basis. It is especially tragic that our terminally-ill homeless veterans must constantly live in fear while dealing with the difficulties of their ailment and homelessness."
With our loyal supporters backing them up, our USV's Executive Director, Sgt. Gerald Johnson, USAF (Ret.), and the legislative team will soon meet with the staff of Congressman Walter Jones. "Our hope is to convince Congressman Jones, an ardent supporter and friend of our veterans, that Congress needs to act immediately and expedite the establishment of a National Veterans Hospice Network," explains Assistant Director Owen Thomas.
The data is in from the 2013 National Veterans Support Survey with interesting results (printed in the box below). The nationwide campaign highlights a critical gap in the public’s knowledge of our role and advocacy mission.
The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee legislative team had a front-row seat at the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee hearing on the effects of the government shutdown, with testimony from Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki earlier this month.
After the hearing, Legislative Director Sean Ferritor had the opportunity to personally thank the Secretary for his thoughtful testimony and exchange a few face-to-face remarks.
As we mentioned briefly in the last month, the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is con¬cerned about remarks made by Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
"Of course we don't dispute that the VA needs to change the way it does business in order to reduce — and eventually eliminate — the backlog of disability claims," said U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee Executive Director Gerald B. Johnson. "But adding another, complicated hurdle for a disabled, injured, or mentally-ill veteran is not the way to go about that change."