In House Veterans Affairs Committee, Underwood Works to Help Veterans Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 28, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, in the House Veterans Affairs Committee’s first virtual roundtable, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) continued her work to help veterans impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During the roundtable, which examined the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus on homeless veterans, Underwood pushed to learn steps smaller communities can take to help homeless veterans during this unprecedented time. In her questioning, Underwood highlighted the need for improved outreach to homeless veterans in small and rural communities across the United States.  

“During these difficult and trying times, it is critical that we leverage all available federal resources to protect vulnerable groups during this pandemic,” said Underwood. “The coronavirus pandemic has compounded existing vulnerabilities and highlighted the susceptibility of our homeless veteran populations. In some larger metropolitan areas, over fifty percent of the homeless veteran population has tested positive for coronavirus,” said Underwood.  

Full video of today’s roundtable can be found here.