Homeless and dying veterans live on the very edge of society. Most people don’t think about them. They don’t have lobbyists; they don’t have family structures to pick them up when they are down. The simply live on the streets, afflicted with diseases such as Alzheimers, AIDS, or a myriad of chronic illnesses. Together, you and I can change that narrative.
You can help by putting pressure on Congress to finally connect the dots and create a network of hospice facilities for homeless veterans with terminal diseases. Your 2014 “Help Dying Veterans” petition will be in your mailbox in early September and it is imperative that you sign your petition and rush it back to the Committee in a timely manner.
These honorable veterans deserve a dignified way to spend their final hours, rather than dying scared and alone on the streets of this great country. We owe it to them. It’s our duty. Your 2014 “Help Dying Veterans” petition will be in your mailbox soon. Don’t let our American heroes down.
On April 9, The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee attended a hearing titled “A Continued Assessment of Delays in VA Medical Care and Preventable Veterans Deaths.” The hearing was held by Congressman Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and explored delays in veteran care at VA hospitals, as well as ways to stop preventable deaths.
Barry Coates, a retired military veteran and proud American testified at the hearing regarding a case that unfortunately is becoming all too familiar within the VA. “Mr. Coates was misdiagnosed for over a year and a half,” stated Executive Director Gerald Johnson
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.