Trump ends homeless vets program as their numbers rise for first time in 7 years By Matthew Chapman | December 6, 2017 The Trump administration is ending a popular and effective program that prevents veterans from ending up on the street -- just as the number of homeless vets is on the rise. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Donald Trump, from the outset, cast himself as a champion of veterans, and promised that he would improve veterans care as president. But the toxic right-wing ideology of Trump and his administration has nonetheless seeped into the way they take care of and prioritize veterans. According to Politico, a popular program to house homeless veterans is on the chopping block -- and at the worst possible moment:
Four days after Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin held a big Washington event to tout the Trump administration's promise to house all homeless vets, the agency did an about-face, telling advocates it was pulling resources from a major housing program.
The VA said it was essentially ending a special $460 million program that has dramatically reduced homelessness among chronically sick and vulnerable veterans. Instead, the money would go to local VA hospitals that can use it as they like, as long as they show evidence of dealing with homelessness.
Anger exploded on a Dec. 1 call that was arranged by Shulkin's Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans to explain the move. Advocates for veterans, state officials and even officials from HUD, which co-sponsors the program, attacked the decision, according to five people who were on the call.
Shulkin's decision makes absolutely no sense. The move does not save money, since the funding would simply be routed to other facilities. The effect is that it would just be used far less efficiently -- and many more homeless veterans will be forced out onto the streets.
"The people in this program are the most vulnerable individuals," Matt Leslie, who runs the housing program for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, told Politico. "If someone's going to die on the streets, they are the ones."
To make matters even worse, a report released earlier today shows that the population of homeless veterans increased in 2017 -- the first time it has done so in seven years.
And this is only the most recent of Trump's assaults on veteran care. While his proposed budget blueprint increased the VA's budget, it grossly cut individual veteran benefits.
"The people in this program are the most vulnerable individuals,"
As I've asserted numerous times, this is exactly why Trump does such things. He feels powerful and important when he can make other people hurt. The more desperate they are, they more they hurt when he stomps on them.
"Trump ends homeless vets program as their numbers rise"
The Religious Right
Another 'Dick Move' by the DOTARDUS.
Supporting the troops, there, eh Republican Christians?
The VA has already reversed themselves on this decision. Credit to all the Republicans and Dems for the harsh backlash against this move. Let's not forget that this was the cruel direction that Trump wanted to take America.
how much would defunding the DEA, et al, save?
#7 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-08 05:16 AM
$460 million amounts to a pittance compared with other, far less important ways Republicans steal internal revenue for the largest corporations.
Historically, even when veterans have seriously organized for peaceful protest the Feds call out the National Guard rather than meet their legitimate pleas with any display of dignity and honor. "Republican authority" should be purged.
Vets are less able to help themselves the longer their PSTD is allowed to manifest without proper treatment. Gigantic swaths of military persons are impacted, and now the civilian sector is flooded with the very issue the military and our POTUS ignores. At least we have marijuana available in some states to aid with neurogenesis and repair PSTD.
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