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Phoenix Rescue Mission Honors Our Veterans

November 11, 2008

On any given night the Phoenix Rescue Mission feeds roughly 50 veterans, but on this particular night, Phoenix Rescue Mission is hosting a special Veterans Day meal in honor of the many homeless veterans who call the mission their home. The Honorable Richard M. Romley, Maricopa County Attorney for 16 years and recipient of the 2001 Disable Veteran of the Year, and his wife Carol, have volunteered to serve these men tonight to draw attention to the increased need for Veterans services.

Many people don’t realize that 23 percent of the homeless population are veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Conservative estimates by the Nation Coalition for Homeless Veterans count one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a park, alley or under an overpass has served our country as a member of the armed forces. Right now, the number of homeless male and female Vietnam era veterans is greater than the number of service persons who died during that war — and a small number of Desert Storm veterans are also appearing in the homeless population.

The Veterans Administration (VA) approximates that nearly 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night and nearly 400,000 experience homelessness over the course of a year.

You can help us bring hope and healing to these individuals who given so much to our country.

Please visit www.phoenixrescuemission.org today.

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