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Published July 03, 2013, 03:40 PM

Heitkamp takes aim at reducing homelessness among veterans

We may not always think of homelessness when we think of military veterans. But the two issues were discussed today by Senator Heidi Heitkamp in Grand Forks.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

We may not always think of homelessness when we think of military veterans. But the two issues were discussed today by Senator Heidi Heitkamp in Grand Forks. According the the state department of Veterans Affairs, the number of homeless male and female Vietnam veterans is greater than the number of service persons who died during that war.

About 30 veterans from all over the Greater Grand Forks area came to discuss veterans issues with the Senator. Some veterans voiced concerns about educational opportunities and job training, while others asked about access to healthcare. But one of the biggest topics was homelessness. Senator Heitkamp serves on the banking, housing and urban affairs committee, and says she understands what it will take to get veterans housing.

Heitkamp: "We talk about getting more vets into home ownership but this idea of moving vets to the front of the line, helping pay deposits on utilities helping pay deposits, helping provide some assurance to landlords so that we can help reduce the amount of homelessness."

Senator Heitkamp also said she didn't think there was any better way to celebrate the 4th of july week than visitng with veterans. She wrapped up her veterans tour today in Fargo.

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