A White House challenge to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015 has now been taken up by leaders in 182 communities across the nation, with 100 local officials signing on since June.
First Lady Michelle Obama applauded the effort last week as she noted that the more than 58,000 homeless American veterans represent a “stain on the soul of this nation.”
“As Americans, the idea that anyone who has worn our country’s uniform spends their nights sleeping on the ground should horrify us, and so it’s truly our duty to right this wrong and put an end to veteran homelessness once and for all,” Obama told the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, reported ABC News.
In an op-ed published last week, the first lady cited the success already achieved in a handful of cities that targeted veteran homelessness, including Phoenix and Salt Lake City.
“Any number of veterans left out in the cold is too many, but those numbers show us that even in some of our largest metropolitan areas, ending veteran homelessness is eminently achievable,” she said.