The City of Dallas will launch a commission to help veterans access services more easily. The Veterans Affairs Commission also aims to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2021.
"No one in the City of Dallas should have to experience homelessness, especially not our men and women who served this country," says City Councilman Chad West, an Army veteran and chair of the Dallas Housing and Homelessness Solutions Committee.
West says Dallas is currently projected to reduce the number of homeless veterans by 44 per month by January 2021.
The commission will include city and county officials and non-profits. Mayor Eric Johnson says they will also meet with veterans to see what services they would like to receive.
"It is my belief that Dallas must make the effort to prepare our veterans for a long life after combat," Johnson says. "Veterans face unique challenges while reintegrating back into our workforce, back into family life and back into society. We need to do for them what they were willing to do for us, which is to fight for them."
Johnson says the commission will serve as a "contact point" for veterans who need help gaining access to services. He says 43,000 veterans live in Dallas.
"That means we have more veterans in the City of Dallas than the entire population of several of our neighboring cities here in North Texas," Johnson says.