Homeless Vets

Who are homeless veterans?

The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says the nation’s homeless veterans are mostly males (4 % are females). The vast majority are single, most come from poor, disadvantaged communities, 45% suffer from mental illness, and half have substance abuse problems. America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi Freedom, or the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Forty-seven percent of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam Era. More than 67% served our country for at least three years and 33% were stationed in a war zone.

From The National Coalition for Homeless Vets

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2 responses to “Homeless Vets

  1. Man, I read that report and, damn, it’s just tragic.

  2. some of us have high IQs multiple disabilities but cant yet be forced into institutions. and with no substance abuse our long term needs are too much trouble for most of the shelters and don’t fit in with the sober up kick in the rear get a bad job programs in the VA and through religious. that recycle many people back and forth ….SO WE, especially the oh no what do we do with multi disabled females, are left in the road.

    discrimination: it’s not pretty.

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