Alexander, Corker, Gordon Praise Funding to Aid Homeless Veterans

Posted on October 22, 2007

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) and U.S. Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN-06) today praised the announcement of a $67,210 Veterans Administration grant to the Buffalo Valley Substance Abuse Services in Lewisburg, TN to help the community care for homeless veterans. “This grant means the people of Lewisburg can better help our veterans who served their country but are now struggling with poverty, substance abuse, or homelessness,” Alexander said. “One way to thank our veterans for their service is to help them stand on their own two feet, and this money will help do that.” “Our nation's veterans have sacrificed so much for our country, and they deserve the best possible health care and social services," Corker said. "With this funding from the VA, homeless veterans will receive shelter, substance abuse treatment, employment assistance and other services to help them get off the streets and back on their feet.” “If we want to maintain a strong military in the future, we must take care of our veterans today and honor the promises this nation made to them,” said Gordon. “They served this nation with dignity and honor, and now this country should serve them.” The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been awarding grants to public and private non-profit groups to assist homeless veterans for 20 years. The grant to Lewisburg will assist the Buffalo Valley Substance Abuse Services drug rehabilitation program and provide transitional housing for veterans. It is one of 46 grants worth over $16 million to public and private non-profit groups by the VA. VA’s specialized homeless veterans treatment programs have grown and developed since they were first authorized in 1987. The programs strive to offer a continuum of services that include: - aggressive outreach to those veterans living on streets and in shelters who otherwise would not seek assistance; - clinical assessment and referral to needed medical treatment for physical and psychiatric disorders, including substance abuse; - long-term sheltered transitional assistance, case management, and rehabilitation; - employment assistance and linkage with available income supports; and - supported permanent housing.