Obama Says Population of Homeless Veterans Cut in Half

The president travels to Atlanta to deliver remarks on veteran homelessness.

— -- President Obama announced the U.S. has cut the number of homeless veterans by 47 percent during a speech at the Disabled American Veterans convention in Atlanta today.

"We have just about cut veterans homelessness in half. We've helped bring tens of thousands of veterans off the streets, but we're not slowing down," he said. "We will not stop until every veteran who fought for America has a home in America."

Additionally, he touted statistics that show 500,000 veterans have voluntarily donated their health data to the V.A.’s Million Veteran Program.

The White House points to statistics that show veteran homelessness declined by 17 percent in 2015 to under 40,000 veterans, based on results of the 2016 Point-in-Time Count of homelessness across the country conducted in January.

During his remarks today, the president expressed his commitment to helping and serving the country's veterans.

“Every single veteran matters," he said.

“This is not a responsibility that can be shirked by offering empty words belied by policies that would leave veterans to fend for themselves,” the White House wrote in a fact sheet previewing the president’s visit. “The President will review the hard, persistent work that the Administration has done to keep this promise.”