- Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is creating a task force to help fight chronic homelessness among veterans.

Berke announced the move last week and says he hopes to name members to the panel over the next few weeks. He hopes the group can meeting by June.

Burke told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that he hopes to "eradicate chronic veterans' homelessness" by the end of 2016.

The task force will be comprised of community leaders, service providers and veterans.

Before signing the order to create the panel, Burke sought input from veterans' groups at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Veterans at the discussion said they face a variety of issues when transitioning back to civilian life, including trouble adjusting to the difference in structure and trouble relating to peers.

Veterans also noted assistance currently available lacks structure, such as a chain of command to go through.

Berke says he wants to assure support offered by the city to veterans who are transitioning is structured effectively.