Funding for homeless veterans

by Carol Thompson

Rep. Bill Owens announced Tuesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a total of $1,976,402 in homeless prevention grants to two non-profit community agencies to help serve homeless veterans and their families.

United Veterans of America, Inc. (Soldier On) will receive $976,402 to serve approximately 400 participant households in 18 counties in the state, including Oswego County.

“As American service members return from overseas, it is critical that we make good on our promise to support them in their return to civilian life,” Owens said upon announcing the funding. “Veterans today are returning from service and it is incumbent upon us to ensure there are quality jobs waiting for them and that they have full access to the benefits they earned overseas.

“This funding will help non-profit organizations prevent at-risk veterans and their families from falling through the cracks or ending up without a home,” he added.

The United Veterans of America was founded by Dr. Barry Allen Krupkin as the original worldwide veterans organization in January of 1980.

As a veteran himself, Dr. Krupkin saw a great need for a veteran’s organization that would offer membership to veterans and allied veterans of the United States, including their families.

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