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Updated Mar 26, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Phoenix earns Navy organization honor for aid to homeless veterans

PHOENIX -- The city of Phoenix received the inaugural National Award of Distinction from a Navy organization Wednesday, for becoming the nation's first large city to end chronic veterans' homelessness.

"It took a lot of effort and time and dedication to developing the program and putting it into practice," said Charles Bradley, president of the Association of the U.S. Navy. He added that Mayor Greg Stanton took ownership of a problem that is often ignored and that the city is the model for other cities.

"A lot of cities are taking the model Mayor Stanton developed and taking action to match Phoenix," Bradley said. Phoenix achieved its goal in mid-Deecmber.

Salt Lake City is the only other major U.S. city to claim it has ended chronic homelessness among veterans. Bradley said San Diego has made great progress.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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