Veterans Affairs Tackles Homelessness Among Vets In Pacific Islands

Clarissa V. David | Saipan Tribune | August 24, 2012

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has made “great” progress the last few years in addressing homelessness among veterans-one of the areas that the federal agency is focused on as part of its efforts to bring about a “more effective” system in taking care of those who have served in the nation's armed forces.

Dr. James E. Hastings, director of Pacific Island Health Care System, said yesterday that the Veterans Affairs now has “major commitment” in dealing with the special issue of homelessness among veterans, unlike six years ago when he first joined the organization.

Hastings gave credit to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki for the agency's commitment in the many changes being effected in the organization and in addressing the homelessness problem which they seek to end in three more years.