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On Thursday, the federal government proudly announced that Connecticut is the first state to find permanent housing for all military veterans who have been homeless for one year or four times in the last three years.

The state found housing for nearly 500 chronically homeless veterans.

The government has made great strides in ending veteran homelessness. More from the Military Times.  

The most recent counts from the Department of Housing and Urban Development estimate about 50,000 veterans living on the streets, but the Connecticut announcement is the latest in a series of high-profile success stories from VA officials about the progress being made to reduce those numbers.

In June, officials in Houston announced they had effectively ended veteran homelessness in their city through a series of new support services and housing initiatives. Earlier in the year, leaders in New Orleans, Salt Lake City and Phoenix announced similar success.

VA officials six years ago announced plans to end chronic veterans homelessness across America by the end of 2015, and to put in place a nationwide network of aid programs to ensure struggling veterans are put in new homes within days of facing housing problems.