The Number of Homeless Veterans Dropped Significantly

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HARRISONBURG, Va. Local leaders at the American Legion say, even during one of the most difficult economic times, there has still been remarkable progress to reduce homelessness.

Nationally, the number of homeless veterans has dropped by 24 percent over the past six years.

The number of chronically homeless people has decreased by 25 percent.

According to the latest survey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the administration has focused its efforts on more housing vouchers and a program called Rapid Re-Housing, which helps with rent and utility costs.

Leaders at the local American Legion said, another great way to help is by supporting The American Legion.

Bruce Webb, the District Service Officer of The American Legion, said all the money stays locally and goes towards taking care of homeless veterans, as well as going to local mercy homes and the local Salvation Army.

Webb said any veteran can join The American Legion, you don't have to have served in a war. Also, any mother, son, or wife of a veteran can be a part of the organization. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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