David Walker of Coalition to Salute America's Heroes to Join Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Others at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony / Media Tour of New Female Veterans' Center

Nov 01, 2013, 10:20 ET from The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes

Today -- Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 -- at 11 a.m – in Washington, D.C.

New Washington, D.C. facility to provide transitional housing for female veterans with children

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.

WHO: David Walker, President and CEO of The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, a Virginia-based non-profit organization, will be an invited guest speaker of Mayor Vincent C. Gray at an event to address the burgeoning crisis of housing for military veterans, especially women veterans and their children. Other speakers will include Matt Cary, Director of the Washington, D.C. Office of Veterans Affairs; Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander; Cecil Byrd, president of the National Association of Concerned Veterans (NACV), and a representative from Home Depot.

WHAT:  Ribbon-cutting ceremony and media tour of the new Ward 7 Female Veterans with Children Transitional Housing Facility. The new facility consists of two houses. The smaller unit will house six veterans and the larger building, which will be ready in December 2013, will house 13 female veterans with children. This will be the fourth house in the Deanwood area (northeast Washington, D.C.) that the NACV has completed or is completing. NACV also hopes to complete a dental clinic at the facility, which will be one of the first for veterans and others in the community. 

WHEN: 11 a.m. Eastern to 12 Noon Eastern, Friday, November 1, 2013. (Official ribbon cutting ceremony to begin at 11:40 a.m. with brief tour of the transitional housing units at 11:45 a.m.)

WHERE: Ward 7 Female Veterans with Children Transitional Housing Facility, 317-319 54th Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20019.

WHY: The Coalition has been the primary financial sponsor for the project, which has been organized by the National Association of Concerned Veterans (NACV) in response to a major initiative by Mayor Gray, the DC Office of Veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to end homelessness for District veterans by 2015. The Coalition has donated $53,000 toward the project to date since last year.  Other project partners include: the Circle of Friends for America's Veterans, the Vietnam Veterans Foundation, Samnang Development, the Home Depot Foundation and the local Home Depot, and others.

Said Mr. Walker, "There are nearly a quarter million women serving in our active-duty military forces, and that number grows every year. The Coalition is proud to be a part of this pioneering effort to deal with the new challenges that come with the changing demographics in our military. We should never have to say 'homeless' and 'veteran' in the same sentence. We're here to provide solutions and help these brave women when they come back."

About the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes

The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, based in Leesburg, VA, has provided an invaluable lifeline to thousands of America's wounded veterans since its establishment in 2004. The Coalition is distinguished from other veteran-focused organizations by its direct financial assistance to America's wounded heroes. Its Emergency Financial Aid program has stopped foreclosure proceedings on veterans' homes and kept their vehicles from being repossessed. The organization regularly provides gift checks to cover meals, medical and utility bills, clothing, car repairs and even baby diapers. For more information on the Coalition, and to learn how you can support its mission, visit www.saluteheroes.org.

CONTACT: Kirsten Fedewa (Kirsten Fedewa & Assoc. L.L.C.): 202.365.6936 or inquiry@fedewaconsulting.com

SOURCE The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes