Martinsburg VA Medical Center
Fight to end Veteran homelessness is not over
March 3, 2014
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center is working hard to spread the word to the community about getting our Nation’s heroes off the street during this unprecedented cold winter.
Veterans Affairs has established a 24 hour, seven days a week, 365 days a year national call number for homeless Veterans to reach out with. Trained staff respond to more than 2,500 calls monthly requesting information or assistance.
Since August of 2009 when Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki asked the VA to put an end to this the number of homeless Veterans has gone from 131,000 to 57,849.
The medical center asks for the communities and partner agencies continued support to get the men and women who defended this country off the streets. No Veteran should be homeless.
“Those who have served this nation as Veterans should never find themselves on the streets, living without care and without hope.” said Shinseki. The secretary has set a goal, to end Veteran homelessness by 2015.
Homeless Veterans in need of a warm place to sleep and a hot meal, please call 1-877-424-3838.
Anyone can download and print a flyer with VA contact information from the Martinsburg VA medical center web site by clicking this link.
For more information on Veteran Homelessness, visit the VA Homeless Veterans website at www.va.gov/homeless.
The Martinsburg VA Medical Center mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Located in West Virginia, the medical center offers a comprehensive range of services, including internal medicine, ambulatory surgery, audiology and speech pathology, dental, nursing home, nutrition, podiatry, prosthetics, women’s health, mental health, and rehabilitation medicine. With a service area of nearly 130,000 Veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the medical center operates four VA-staffed Outpatient Clinics in Cumberland, Hagerstown, Fort Detrick, Md., and Stephens City, Va. and three contract clinics in Franklin and Petersburg, W.Va. and Harrisonburg, Va.