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VA settles suit, agrees to fight vet homelessness in Los Angeles

A sign marks the entrance to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois.
A sign marks the entrance to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois.
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The federal government is settling a lawsuit that claimed it ignored the problem of homeless vets in greater Los Angeles.

An agreement announced Wednesday gives the Department of Veterans Affairs until Feb. 13 to develop a plan to end local veteran homelessness.

The VA also agreed to create a master plan for developing veteran housing at its sprawling health campus in West Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald praised the deal.

It's estimated the region has more than 4,200 homeless vets — the nation's largest such population.

A 2011 lawsuit claimed the VA ignored the housing needs of vets and instead illegally cut deals for use of the West LA campus by a private school, UCLA, a TV studio, a laundry and a parking service.