Contest Entry: Veterans: Homeless & Hungry

Dec 31, 2015

  •   Oct. 3, 2015 -  A “Stand Down” is when soldiers get a temporary break from combat for a shower, hot meal and peaceful night’s sleep. Pasco County held a Stand Down for veterans in our community who are fighting a different kind of battle with homelessness, substance abuse or mental health issues.
  • Nov. 20, 2015 - A 2014 survey found that almost 20 percent of the households using the Feeding Tampa Bay food bank were either veterans or active duty military. We meet the Norman family that never thought they would have to go without food.
  • Dec. 4, 2015 - Five years ago, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, set a rather lofty goal --- to eliminate homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. We check on progress in the bay area on that promise at Tampa’s Athena House, founded specifically to help homeless women veterans.
  • Dec. 18, 2015 - The Department of Veterans Affairs has the goal of ending veterans’ homelessness by January 1. That already challenging goal is even more difficult in less-developed areas like Pasco County when finding, counting and serving homeless veterans.