U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee Meets with House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller to Discuss Terminally Ill Homeless Veterans
The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee’s Executive Director Gerald Johnson, accompanied by legislative staff, met today with Congressman Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, to discuss terminally ill homeless veterans and their need for dignified end-of-life care.
“It was a pleasure to meet with Chairman Miller today to discuss the need for a network of hospice facilities dedicated to terminally and chronically ill homeless veterans,” states Johnson. “Chairman Miller has the unique opportunity to make the American people aware of a problem few speak of, and use his power as the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee to make a real difference.”
Chairman Miller accepted petitions signed by thousands of U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee supporters urging the Congressman to help enact a network of hospice facilities geared specifically towards the unique circumstances surrounding this forgotten subset of military veterans.
“I really have to thank our supporters for all of their participation in this mission,” continued Johnson. “If it weren’t for the tens of thousands of signed petitions in favor of helping terminally ill homeless veterans, our meeting today simply would not have been possible.”
Chairman Miller asked the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee to follow up with his committee staff with more raw data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, on the issue of terminally ill homeless veterans.
“I sincerely look forward to working with Chairman Miller and his staff in the future,” says Johnson. “My dream is to one day be able to say that not one military veteran will ever die cold and alone on the streets of America, and I couldn’t think of a better ally than Congressman Jeff Miller,” concluded Johnson.