Why are so many veterans homeless? New study seeks to help.

According to a USA Today article posted online last week, a recently released joint study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Veterans Affairs on homelessness reported some disturbing news:

About 13,000 of the nation’s homeless in 2010 were ex-servicemembers between ages 18 and 30. 

The majority of homeless veterans are white males between  ages  31 and 61 who suffer some disability, the report says. Half of all homeless veterans live in California, Florida, New York and Texas.

“These findings are particularly concerning given the anticipated number  of new veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq,” the study concludes.

The Army expects to cut its forces by about 50,000 over the next year or two after pulling troops out of Iraq by December and continuing a drawdown of forces in Afghanistan.”

There is some help to be found however.  According to USA Today’s report, about 32,500 homeless veterans have been housed under VA programs. A new, $60 million initiative is aimed at preventing veterans with families from being without shelter.

“We’re looking to end homelessness among the men and women who wore our nation’s uniform — not reduce or redefine it — but end it,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan says.

Read the complete article by clicking the link below:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-10-28/iraq-afghanistan-veterans-homeless/50976338/1

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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