First Lady Promotes Effort to End Vet Homelessness

First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday set out to show that not all the news coming out of Washington about veterans’ services is bad, turning a spotlight on a national effort to eliminate homelessness among those who have served in the military.

The first lady welcomed to the White House some 20 mayors and local officials who are among dozens around the country participating in a Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

“This is a good news day,” she said, noting that homelessness among veterans has dropped by 24 percent over the past three years.

The first lady did not refer to the unfolding scandal over access to services at the Veterans Affairs Department. But she said it is a “moral outrage” that 58,000 veterans remain homeless, saying “even one homeless veteran is a shame.”

“When a veteran comes home kissing the ground, it is unacceptable that he should ever have to sleep on it,” she told an East Room audience of hundreds of state and local officials and advocates for veterans and the homeless.