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Number of homeless veterans climbs amid COVID-19


November 12, 2020

Jerry Holt •

Tom Arneson of Brooklyn Center, a Vietnam Army artillery veteran, paid his respect Wednesday at the Veterans Day ceremony at the Minnesota Vietnam Memorial. The event was sponsored by the 173rd Airborne Brigade Association.

On Veterans Day, 308 Minnesota veterans did not have a home.

The COVID-19 pandemic has eliminated jobs and forced people who were bunked with family or friends into hotels, shelters and encampments. The goal of effectively ending veteran homelessness statewide - an early priority of Gov. Tim Walz's administration - seems more distant.

But Walz and Veterans Affairs officials gathered outside the state's World War II memorial Wednesday and cheered one milestone. The Suburban Metro Area Continuum of Care, which tackles homelessness in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Scott and Washington counties, has met the federal standard for ending veteran homelessness.


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