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Grants help groups serving homeless veterans

Veteran at Stand DownIn April, GreaterGood.org distributed $20,000 in grants to Feed Our Vets  (New York), Veterans Village of San Diego (California), and Veteran’s Homestead (Massachusetts) to support programs providing meals to homeless veterans and their families. The funding for these grants came from the newest website in The GreaterGood Network, The Veterans Site, which launched in March 2011.

"The need is tremendous – and so is the opportunity for people to get involved," said Dan Doyle, who served as a Navy medic in Vietnam.  Now a Professor of Humanities at the Seattle University, Doyle writes the "Notes from a Veteran" blog at TheVeteransSite.com. 

"Many of the homeless and hungry on the streets of our cities – too many – are veterans," said Doyle.  "All too often, their suffering is invisible. TheVeteransSite.com will make the stories of these brave men and women more visible to millions of people – and provide a quick, easy way to support those who have served our country."

A recent study by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found that 16% of the nation’s homeless are veterans, although former servicemen and women make up only 10% of the nation’s population.

Photo courtesy of Veterans Village of San Diego.

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