Resolution to Establish a National Home for Veterans in Los Angeles
Revised 5 February 2012
Whereas, in the decade since 9/11 terrorist attack on our country, more than 2.2 million troops have been deployed to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of those returning from combat face new battles as they transition back to civilian life after having spent an average of 240 days in combat as opposed to 10 days a year during World War II. Some veterans suffer invisible wounds as a result of trauma during military experiences. These include Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. If not treated, these problems can lead to troubled relationships, lost jobs, substance abuse, homelessness and suicide.
Whereas, the greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Report reveals that overall homelessness has declined since 2009, but the number of homeless veterans has dramatically risen in the past two years. Today there are 909 homeless female veterans on our streets, a 51percent increase. Today 7221 male veterans are homeless compared with 5939 in 2009. Homelessness among veterans between the ages of 25 and 54 – those most likely to be veterans of service in Iraq and Afghanistan has risen considerably. Today 61 percent of our homeless veterans fall into this age range.
Whereas, the federal property in Brentwood CA. under the management of the Department of Veterans Affairs was deeded to be permanently maintained as a “National Home For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers”
Therefore be it Resolved, that in view of the current and long term needs for shelter and supportive services for the growing population of homeless disadvantaged and disabled veterans in the Greater Los Angeles area, that the Master Plan for the property reflect the development of facilities to adequately accommodate the projected needs for this purpose and that our Congressional Delegation make the funding of this development an urgent priority.
Therefore be it further resolved, that the future development of a National Home for Veterans be reflected in the management decisions for the use of the property by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The veteran’s property is located in the heart of a densely developed urban area and it is in the interest of the veterans to be considered an integrated part of the greater community life. However, no activities shall be permitted that will interfere with the timely execution of the Master Plan. The currently adopted master plan shall be reviewed to ensure that it adequately addresses the needs of homeless veterans.
That a copy of this resolution be sent to all members of the California Federal and State Elected Legislative and Executive Branches, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, as well as the members of the Veterans Committees of both houses of Congress.
Proposed by Pacific Palisades Democratic Club December 2011
Adopted Brentwood Residence Coalition
Post 118 and Post 113,
Jewish War Veterans
Author: Joe Halper 41st AD LA County Democratic Party Central Committee
Primary source for Homeless Veterans Statistical Information: New Directions