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Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System

 

Helping Veterans Find a Home

July 7, 2011

By Betty Goolsby
Fayetteville VAMC Director

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – I am frequently reminded by our patients and their families of the high quality patient care and services we provide at the Medical Center and all of our outreach areas.  The stories are heartwarming and reaffirm the commitment and dedication each of you brings every day to our veterans.  Today, I would like to share one of those stories with you.

A Veteran couple writes they were struggling with homelessness or near homelessness for three years.  They held part-time jobs but the economy and health problems saw them falling behind in bills and rent payments.

The staff at the Medical Center connected them with VA and community resources.  They were made aware of VA benefits they were unaware of and entitled to. They were able to get into a stable home environment and are no longer homeless.  Throughout the interactions, they report they were never made to feel they were undeserving and always experienced a kind, helpful attitude from our staff.

This couple is helping other homeless or near homeless in the community.  They closed the letter by saying "We are proud of our VA and proud to be no longer homeless and able to contribute to the community."

This is one of many wonderful stories I have heard since coming to Fayetteville.  I bet each of you has heard similar ones. 
Our staff is truly proud of our mission: caring for America’s heroes – our Veterans.

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