“Our job at U.S.VETS is to engage the enemy at home – the enemy of homelessness, disillusionment and disappointment – to let these men and women know there is a path forward. U.S.VETS strives to empower each veteran to take responsibility for his or her success, guiding them towards independence in the community, developing their workforce skills and supporting recovery.”

Stephen J. Peck, MSW
President & CEO

As a national leader in the fight against veteran homelessness, Steve Peck uses his decades of experience as a staunch advocate for veterans. From his days placing veterans into housing at the VA to heading up the largest nonprofit of its kind in the country, he has established a reputation of tireless service to veterans in need.

In his blog, our President & CEO shares just some of his insights and ideas about the challenges facing veterans today, and what we can do to ensure they receive the care they deserve.

 Read Steve’s Blog


Looking Forward to Partnership with VA Secretary Shulkin

February 16, 2017

The culture of the VA system has resisted change for too long and it will take someone with a keen intellect, undying optimism, and unwavering persistence to make the changes necessary. As a community partner that has worked with VA Medical Centers across the country for more than 20 years, U.S.VETS has been one of the voices advocating for change.


Always Moving Forward

February 8, 2017

Taking homeless veterans off the sidewalks and putting them into housing is only part of the solution. Far too many end up back on the streets, or bouncing from shelter to shelter. In order to regain control of their lives, these veterans need a foundation, as well as a roof.


We ALL Have to Fight to End the Veteran Suicide Epidemic

September 8, 2016

As difficult as it is, it is important that we think about veteran suicide. Why? Because it is important that we gain a greater understanding of what this is, where this terrible cycle starts, and what we might do to stop it. It will not be easy.


One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

August 17, 2016

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is eliminating funding for short-term transitional housing. Los Angeles has lost funding for 2,000 beds so far. But the area is only adding about 300 beds of permanent supportive housing a year.

It is a mistaken policy that has resulted in more homeless people living on the streets of Los Angeles - and this was entirely predictable.


L.A.’s Homeless Count is Sobering

May 10, 2016

Skid Row and the tents and campsites along freeways are heartbreaking. Families live in cars and vans. Dedicated U.S.VETS outreach workers navigate this depressing turf every day. The numbers alone are staggering – but they don’t tell the whole story. There are larger dynamics going on that are pushing people out of the mainstream.


Music To My Ears

February 2, 2016

As the philosophy of “housing first” took hold across the nation over the last few years, I, along with scores of veteran service providers, continued to argue that taking homeless veterans off the sidewalks and putting them directly into permanent housing was only part of the solution.


We Still Don't Have an Answer to the Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans

September 25, 2015

As Marines, we are highly trained to protect our fellows, and to rely on them. The whole was greater than the sum of the individuals. What can we do, then, when the unit disbands? When combat veterans are dispersed across the country, often rapidly losing touch with the friendships and camaraderie they knew while deployed? The isolation veterans feel once they have left their units and returned to their homes is as dangerous as any firefight.


What Does the End of Veterans' Homelessness Look Like?

May 5, 2015

On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Vietnam, Steve Peck, the CEO and president of U.S.VETS, a former Marine lieutenant who served there in 1969, addressed a forum of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. As the keynote speaker and panelist for the event, Peck presented some of what he has learned in his twenty years of working with homeless veterans.


‘Housing First’ – The Imaginary Panacea for Homeless Vets

November 6, 2013

Homelessness is not simply a person without a place to sleep at night. Homelessness is the end result of a whole series of events that result in diminished capacity, loss of self-determination, most often loss of employment, loss of family, isolation, poverty, and lack of self-esteem, all leading to inability to pay for housing.

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