It should be obvious by now that our homeless veterans are not being served well at all. If the homeless veterans were properly cared for by our country, the total homeless population would fall by at least one third over night.
Homeless services would then have sufficient funding to move many of the rest of the homeless off the streets into transitional housing with services that bring them back into the working population. It would be a dream come true. If only our country would step up to the plate, homelessness in our country would be virtually eliminated. If only….
Lets Summarize the Homeless Veteran Situation.
750,000 total homeless count in U.S
400,000 veterans are homeless per year
200,000 veterans homeless in any one night
1/17 of our U.S. population are veterans but:
1/3 of all homeless are veterans
7688 beds funded by the VA for homeless veterans
192,312 sleeping elsewhere – shelters, grates, creekbeds, back alleys. We have Heroes sleeping on sidewalks in every big city.
The VA says homelessness is not related to military service, but:
Veterans are 5 times more likely to be homeless than civilians
You may think that homeless veterans served poorly in military, but:
95% of homeless vets have honorable discharges
The VA claims it has the largest network of homeless assistance programs in the country, but:
VA funding is only $1.37 per homeless vet per day
VA funded beds provide for only 1 of every 26 homeless vets
VA funds only 7688 beds for 200,000 homeless veterans on any given night of the year.
The mix of homeless veterans has changed in the last 9 years
Korea 1o% 4%
Vietnam 42% 39%
Gulf War 10% 16%
Our Korean veterans are getting old and dying out
Our Gulf War veterans are increasing rapidly
Our Vietnam veterans have the largest homeless rate by far.
Fact: If our country stepped up to the plate and provided for our homeless veterans, the homeless population would fall instantly by 33 percent.
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