These men and women are trained to handle extreme circumstances, and many have lived through combat. But their leaving active duty doesn't just change the work they do, it changes the very fabric of their lives.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy gave us a taste today of what can be achieved when good government works closely with caring and motivated constituents -- the end of veteran homelessness in his state.
It is far too easy to envision a homeless veteran sleeping in his car this Christmas Eve. He's shivering, trying to shake off the cold that can't be shaken off because it has burrowed into the very marrow of his bones.
As federal investments continue, local leaders step up and partners across the country dedicate themselves to this cause, I know we can end veteran homelessness -- one home at a time, one job at time and one community at a time.
Every person deserves a safe, stable place to call home. But in the wealthiest nation in the world, more than half a million Americans sleep on the streets or spend their Thanksgiving in a homeless shelter. Many of them are children.
Two of the country's most politically savvy and competitive cities are now in a tight race to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year. Wishing fair winds to both teams, I'm amazed by the results being brought about by these new ways of energizing systems in homeless services.