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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Delegation Members Call on VA to Restore Funding for Homeless Veterans

Jul 19, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (July 19, 2017)U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, calling for the agency to restore funding for two state veteran homeless programs after it was reported that the facilities would no longer receive federal funding. U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (WI-04) and Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) joined Pocan in sending the letter.

“We are deeply concerned by recent stories that the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) will not receive funding for two state veteran homeless programs, located in King and Union Grove Wisconsin,” wrote the Members. “These programs, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, have served our communities for over two decades and have provided vital resources to our veterans most in need. We must ensure vulnerable Wisconsin veterans and their families do not lose access to these critical services.”

“As Wisconsin’s federal Representatives, it is our responsibility to ensure the Department continues to support homeless and at-risk veterans across our state,” continued the Members. “These facilities have played an integral role in assisting veterans with temporary housing, substance abuse treatment, and other important wellness services. Given the sacrifices these veterans have made on behalf of our country, we cannot turn our back on them.”

The full letter is available here.

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