The Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center's team, along with community leaders, partners and state officials came together to work towards this initiative to end veterans homelessness in our area. In 2017, they reduced the overall homeless veterans population by more than 50 percent. This is the largest cutback in the nation. This effort helped around 20,000 homeless veterans in 11 counties in Southern West Virginia.
Director of the Beckley VA Medical Center, Stacy Vasquez, was in the military for 12 years and is a 5th generation veteran, so this is something she was extremely passionate about.
"Veterans homelessness has been near and dear to my heart, I saw a lot of this while I was growing up and I think anybody that serves our nation should have a home at the end of that," Vasquez said.
Those involved in the initiative said they have a plan in place for veterans who may have future problems in this area.
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