SAMHSA’s Expert Panel on Veterans of Recent Conflicts
In August 2011, USICH, SAMHSA, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS, and the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Defense sponsored an expert panel and discussion on what is known about how to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans of the most recent conflicts - Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn. The panel documented research-based knowledge, field experience, and best practices in meeting the needs of Veterans returning from recent wars. As many of those in combat return to civilian life, they are faced with obstacles such as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder that can result in suicide or high barriers to stability.
Working with SAMHSA, USICH authored a fact sheet with 12 guiding principles for successful programs for Veterans discussed at the panel. In addition to the fact sheet, a full report of the proceedings is available. The report that follows is the result of that exchange of views and information from all of the federal partners at the expert panel. It offers hard-won insight that can be used by federal agencies and professionals in the field. USICH and SAMHSA are grateful for the contributions, hard work, and insights of the panel members in helping the nation work together to meet the goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015.