VA Western New York Healthcare System
VA Award Given for Sevice to Homeless Veterans
Kristen Weese, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program Manager at VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS), was selected in June for the Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Service for Homeless Veterans.”
This award honors top VA employees, VA organizations and community partners who have made great impacts on reducing homelessness among Veterans and breaking the cycle of Veteran homelessness. Ms. Weese’s dedication and service have led to unprecedented efforts to engage and provide VA health care, housing, and other VA vital services to homeless and at-risk Veterans. She was also recently honored with the “Distinguished Government Service Award” by the Buffalo Federal Executive Board.
Ms. Weese was one of only three VA employees recognized in Veterans Integrated Service Network 2 working with homeless veterans. In Western New York, Ms. Weese’s efforts in the resourcing for homeless Veterans were instrumental in helping the cities of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Tonawanda, and Lockport achieve “functional zero” status. Measurements regarding the homeless “functional zero” status designation are closely tracked by both Veteran Affairs and The White House. Ms. Weese graciously accepted her achievement award on the behalf of the entire VA WNYHS and HCHV Program.