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HERS - Rural Veterans and Homelessness


HERS - Rural Veterans and Homelessness

June 22, 2017

In recent months the issues facing rural communities have gained increased national attention. This virtual symposium takes a look at homelessness among the 24% of Veterans who live in rural areas. What does the population look like? What are their needs? What kinds of outreach and services are being offered? What are the service gaps and challenges? We will hear from researchers from the VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans and the Office of Rural Health, as well as a provider of Supportive Services for Veteran Families in rural communities. Their presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring leaders from VA, the federal government, and a signature Veteran advocacy organization.


  • Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, PhD, Researcher, National Center on Homelessness among Veterans and Birmingham VA Medical Center HSR&D program; Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
  • Alan West, PhD, Health Scientist, VA Office of Rural Health
  • Stephen Metraux, PhD, Researcher, VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans; Professor, University of the Sciences
  • Dorota Szymkowiak, PhD, Researcher, VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans
  • Debra Baker, LMHC, Director, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, Blue Mountain Action Council
  • Linda J. Southcott, Deputy Director, VA SSVF National Program Office

Roundtable Panel

  • David Corwin, Housing Programs Director, Pennsylvania Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Keith Harris, PhD, National Director of Clinical Operations, Veterans Health Administration Homeless Programs
  • Tom Klobucar, PhD, Acting Director, Office of Rural Health, Veterans Health
  • Kathryn Monet, Executive Director, National Coalition on Homeless Veterans

To view the webinar with the audio presentation and to access the presentations and related documents which you can download, please use the following link:

HERS Proceedings:  Rural Veterans and Homelessness


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