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house Bill H.R. 3749

Should the VA Secretary Provide Grants to Organizations Giving Homeless Veterans Legal Assistance?

Argument in favor

Legal issues comprise over half of the top 10 issues keeping veterans in, or pushing them into, homelessness. Allowing the VA Secretary to provide financial assistance to organizations that help veterans with their legal issues will help alleviate veteran homelessness.

jimK's Opinion
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02/25/2020
Anyone unable to challenge the legal system can be legally taken advantage of and unfortunately, often are. Our veterans have honored all of us by their service to our country. Our country needs to honor them in return by by at least arming those veterans in need with the legal ‘weapons’ needed to defend themselves and protect their families. It is simply a matter of honoring those in need who have chosen to honor our country and all of us when we were in need.
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02/25/2020
They broke them, should be responsible for fixing them.
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Sarah's Opinion
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02/25/2020
We need to do as much as possible for our veterans. They at times need help that the VA can not give them.
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Argument opposed

The VA is already engaging in a broad range of activities — including partnerships with law schools and lawyer training — meant to address the legal issues facing veterans. In light of these efforts, there’s no need for this legislation.

operaman's Opinion
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02/25/2020
Let me get this question straight? There are organizations that provide legal representation to Vets without charge but some legislators want to provide Grants of taxpayers money to a charity that collects contributions from the very same taxpayers. Why not allow the taxpayers to decide which pocket to pick. Sounds like a state or county agency is short on cash and is trying to swing their expenses to a charity.
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Caren's Opinion
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02/25/2020
No need for duplication. What’s in place should work more efficiently. I’m all for helping our veterans—we owe them a vast amount of gratitude for their service and it is appropriate to serve them and help them and their families. However, if there is duplication, more money spent and no improvement then this legislation is useless!! Improve the program that is in place!!
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Jim's Opinion
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02/25/2020
The VA already has programs. I’m a disabled veteran and I have been treated very well by the VA healthcare system.
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    Anyone unable to challenge the legal system can be legally taken advantage of and unfortunately, often are. Our veterans have honored all of us by their service to our country. Our country needs to honor them in return by by at least arming those veterans in need with the legal ‘weapons’ needed to defend themselves and protect their families. It is simply a matter of honoring those in need who have chosen to honor our country and all of us when we were in need.
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    Let me get this question straight? There are organizations that provide legal representation to Vets without charge but some legislators want to provide Grants of taxpayers money to a charity that collects contributions from the very same taxpayers. Why not allow the taxpayers to decide which pocket to pick. Sounds like a state or county agency is short on cash and is trying to swing their expenses to a charity.
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    They broke them, should be responsible for fixing them.
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    Agree @Robert (Steve)! The military which is a part of our government broke these people and now need to provide for them!
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    We need to do as much as possible for our veterans. They at times need help that the VA can not give them.
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    Please support our homeless veteran. We should get anyone off the street who is homeless
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    Let's do everything possible for our homeless veterans before we lose all of them to public indifference -- or contempt. I worked with the homeless population for twelve years, and the most heart-rending (and largest) segment I met were veterans.
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    They should provide any and all help the vets need to get back to a healthy and productive life and then maintain it. They did not ask for their lives to be turned ass over tea kettle, they served and accepted their responsibilities and I firmly believe they should not have to fight with their own government to have some quality put back in their lives. Give them what they need to be whole again.
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    There is no excuse for not doing everything possible for our veterans!
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    We need to help our veterans and contribute toward the fight against the homelessness crisis in America. These veterans offered their life up to serve our country and the least we can do is vote yes on this bill to help them. In addition, we should do everything in our power to contribute to anything that can help solve the homeless crisis in this country, which is arguably one of the top issues we face today.
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    Veteran put a lot of their life on the line for civilians. They should be treated with the most respect.
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    Do you know how expensive it is to be poor? Fine after fine builds up. Cost after cost builds up. The cycle beats a person into a disillusioned state that no one will help and that “they” are out to get you. This bill represents a step forward for helping Vets on the streets through generous organizations built on providing services to Vets.
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    You made a bargain with them. Time to keep up your part.
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    No need for duplication. What’s in place should work more efficiently. I’m all for helping our veterans—we owe them a vast amount of gratitude for their service and it is appropriate to serve them and help them and their families. However, if there is duplication, more money spent and no improvement then this legislation is useless!! Improve the program that is in place!!
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    The federal government has done a poor job of taking care of our veterans. Legal issues comprise over half of the top 10 issues keeping veterans in, or pushing them into, homelessness and there are many organizations providing quality, economical services to our veterans. Allowing the VA Secretary to provide financial assistance to organizations that help veterans with their legal issues will help alleviate veteran homelessness. #RjGonCountable.
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    This is ‘the least’ we can do in behalf of our selfless Veterans.
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    Veterans often face a number of obstacles. Legal assistance can be difficult and expensive to find in any circumstances. We should do all we can to assist those vets in need-whether its housing, mental health, or legal issues. Sometimes, all three are connected.
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    Yes
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    We need to treat our veterans better.. they were there for us and we should return the favor..
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    Spend less money on Waging War and more money to help veterans, especially those who have lost everything and face homelessness.
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