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Knight Applauds Grants To Local Veteran Groups

Money Would Help End Veteran Homelessness

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Palmdale, CA, August 31, 2016 | Daniel Outlaw (202-225-1956) | comments
Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) praised a recent announcement by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) that they provided federal funds to several local organizations working to help homeless and at-risk veterans and families.

On Tuesday the VA awarded approximately $300 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to non-profit organizations across the country. Among the recipients were seven organizations in Los Angeles County, including Mental Health America of Los Angeles and New Directions, Inc. Knight commended the grants as a step in the right direction.

“Our veterans risked everything to protect our country and our way of life. We must work to ensure that these brave men and women and their families have access to quality care and services, including resources to avoid homelessness,” said Rep. Knight. “Veteran homelessness is a horrible issue in our community and across the country, but by supporting these local initiatives we are taking a solid step toward solving this tragic problem.”

Knight is a veteran of the United States Army and a long-time supporter of enhancing services to veterans. Last year he co-sponsored the Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2016, which would grant the VA leasing authority to construct permanent supportive housing on the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center campus. More recently, Knight introduced the No Hero Left Untreated Act in July, which would establish a pilot program at the VA for a promising new treatment to help with post-traumatic stress, sexual trauma, and other neurological issues.

“There is much work to be done to ensure that our veterans are fully taken care of when they return home, but this week’s actions by the VA are a critical part of that effort,” said Knight.
 
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