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VA MEETS WITH HOMELESS VETERANS COALITION

 VA MEETS WITH HOMELESS VETERANS COALITION
 WASHINGTON, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives of the


National Coalition of Homeless Veterans Service Providers and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today concluded three days of meetings to exchange information and develop a blueprint for working together to deal with the problem of homelessness among veterans.
 VA Secretary Edward J. Derwinski said: "Homelessness is a serious problem in this country, particularly among veterans. I am pleased that we have established this cooperative relationship with the coalition which will benefit all of us by sharing ideas and pooling resources to meet the needs of this distinct group of veterans."
 The coalition consists of 40 private, non-profit groups from across the nation devoted to helping homeless veterans or preventing veterans from becoming homeless. Ken Smith, director of Boston's New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans and chairman of the coalition's executive board, added: "As a Presidential Point of Light, I am excited with the potential possibilities that have been discussed with the highest levels of VA in the development of programs for homeless veterans. It is testimony to the courage of Secretary Derwinski who has identified the immediate needs of this population of veterans and who believes in public/private partnership as a solution to this issue."
 The coalition's executive board, as well as VA officials, are scheduled to testify April 9 at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on homeless veterans.
 VA and the coalition are planning to hold future meetings on the issue, to include representatives of other veterans organizations.
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