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.
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