As part of its drive to end homelessness among veterans by 2015, the department of Veterans Affairs is launching a nation-wide outreach initiative, “make the call,” to spread the message about its special programs to help homeless veterans and their families to 28 communities across the nation this month. Billings hosted their outreach program on Tuesday.

Since march 2010, VA has offered a toll-free telephone number, staffed around the clock by trained professionals, to help homeless veterans, their families and at-risk people. The number is 877-4aid-vet (or 877-424-3838).