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MEDIA ADVISORY - Bay Pines VAHCS to Host Homeless Veterans Summit

June 23, 2014

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BAY PINES, FL. – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will host a Homeless Veterans Summit on June 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The event will take place at the Franklin Templeton office complex, building 100 located at 140 Fountain Parkway, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33716.

The purpose of the summit is to bring together key stakeholders and community partners with the goal of developing a synchronous working plan for addressing the needs of Veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness residing in the Tampa Bay area as well as other communities served by the Bay Pines VAHCS.

During the event, VA officials and community experts will present information about new and ongoing initiatives and updates on homeless program services and VA benefits. Specific presentations provided during the event will include an overview of Bay Pines VAHCS homeless programs; Veterans Justice Outreach; Veteran Benefits (VBA); a question and answer panel with VA peer specialists in homeless programs; My HealtheVet and more.  A U.S. Marine Corps Veteran will also share his personal success story using homeless and medical services provided by the Bay Pines VAHCS.

"Our healthcare system offers the full spectrum of services for homeless Veterans.  From housing and health care to rehabilitation and employment – we are here to support our heroes in a recovery oriented manner gain back living productive and meaningful lives," said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director Bay Pines VAHCS.

 "An important part of our work to end Veteran homelessness is our ability to create long-lasting partnerships with federal, state and local agencies who share the same goals," Klinker explained. "Our annual Homeless Summit serves as a venue to not only build upon current partnerships, but also to combine our efforts to ensure all resources are being utilized efficiently to ensure the best outcomes for the men and women we serve."

Event admission is by invitation only.  Media organizations are welcome to attend and encouraged to contact Jason Dangel, Public Affairs Officer, Bay Pines VAHCS at 727-398-9531 or email jason.dangel@va.gov.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,800 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fourth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring.