As Congress works on a long-term plan to reform the Veterans Administration, first lady Michelle Obama used her platform to speak out on ending veterans’ homelessness.

Obama called the more than 58,000 homeless American veterans a “stain on the soul of this nation.”

“As Americans, the idea that anyone who has worn our country’s uniform is sleeping on the ground should horrify us,” Obama told an estimated 1,600 federal and local officials and homeless advocates in Washington, D.C., at the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness.

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