For our site visitors who aren’t as social as we are – at least, not following us on Twitter or Facebook – here are some highlights from the past week on social media from Veterans Matter.

We…

…told you all the story of how Veterans Matter launched and began to spread beyond Toledo, Ohio.

…shared the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2016, which will help reduce homelessness.

…were glad to hear and spread the news that the “Clay Hunt” Bill passed the Senate and is headed to the White House for signing. The bill seeks to improve mental health access and treatment for veterans in order to stem the tide of suicides. Currently, an average of 22 veterans take their own life every day.

…told you about Cathay Williams, the U.S.’s first African-American female soldier.

…knew housing the homeless saved money, but were pleasantly shocked to find out the Housing First approach saves communities THREE TIMES more than leaving them in shelters and on the streets. Three times!

…thanked our awesome sponsors for #Dine419. Seriously, these are some great folks!

…updated our social media friends on the latest Veterans Housed to Date info – now up to 529 veterans/veteran families!

…mourned the loss of Toledo’s ‘Prince of Compassion’, Mayor D. Michael Collins. Collins, a former Marine, fought hard on behalf of the unhoused community, whether veteran or not while a city council member, then implemented changes to ensure Toledo would regain its true spirit of compassion. He leaves behind many friends and a city grieving, but also a legacy that touched and taught many.

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