The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee has its CARE FOR OUR HEROES petition campaign underway nationwide to shine a light on the crisis America’s homeless veterans with terminal illnesses face. This is a tough battle, but the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is committed to advocating for more hospice care for the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. The petition campaign is starting to garner attention on Capitol Hill as we have started personally delivering boxes and boxes to U.S. Senate offices.
Because of the support we have received from our supporters, the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee has been able to move into a small, shared office in Washington, D.C. Our office is two blocks from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”), three blocks from the White House, and a short cab ride to the U.S. Capitol.
The tragic situation of homeless veterans with terminal illnesses is an American crisis, and it will take all of our voices to get Members of Congress to provide the necessary service. Through the petition campaign, the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is able to make the point that Congress must immediately allocate money for the VA to provide more and better hospice care for our homeless veterans.
Sadly, it is not uncommon for veterans to have huge medical bills for care they receive outside of the VA medical system. If vets have to sell everything and spend their last penny to pay for treatment of a catastrophic medical problem, they may find themselves homeless. It is estimated that on any given night, 28,000 veterans are simultaneously homeless and terminally or chronically ill.
It is disgraceful that our government does not provide adequate hospice care for every homeless veteran with a terminal illness. The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee remains dedicated to write letters and make phone calls to Senators and Representatives, and to arranging face-to-face time with Members of Congress to demand for action on this crucial issue.
In coming months, the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is planning a media campaign on an enormous scale. We hope to advertise on the radio and the Internet, generate post cards and phone calls to Members of Congress from their constituents, and give free subscriptions to our newsletter to news media and opinion makers across the country.