The original survey of more than 1,200 veterans was conducted in 1997 by 58 Rescue missions around the nation. Today I asked the AGRM if they had any updated information and Phil Rydman, Director of Communications of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions in Kansas City was kind enough to immediately send me summary data for years 1990 through 2006 which was collected in their extensive yearly surveys. Data on veterans was collected beginning 1997.
NOTE from Oldtimer: The Data is from AGRM, the charts are mine.
Where did you serve?
- 1997 2006
- Korea 1o% 4%
- Vietnam 42% 39%
- Gulf War 10% 16%
You can see that the Korean Veterans are now declining due to death and age, whereas the Gulf War veterans are increasing. The year by year data (not shown here) shows a sharp peak for the Korean homeless veterans in 1998 (16%) and a sharp decline beginning in 2002. The year by year data also shows that the Gulf War homeless veterans had gradual increas to 2005, but then a sharp jump (12% to 16%) in numbers from 2005 to 2006.
(The AGRM serves 32 million meals and provide 14 million nights of lodging each year. What a blessing this organization is. I thank them for collecting and sharing this data.)
These Heroes are still out there! Support these troops too!
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