The Department of Veterans Affairs says more veterans are living on the streets today than in the last two years. This means that homeless rates for Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans have doubled since 2010.
More veterans in 2012, are living on the streets, at risk of losing their homes, staying in temporary housing or receiving federal vouchers to pay rent (Marine Corps Times).
According to the VA, through the end of September 2012, there were 10,500 more veterans homeless than in 2010. “The VA says the numbers could be higher because they include only the homeless the VA is aware of.”
The VA claims the numbers are higher because of “more aggressive efforts to identify and assist this younger generation of veteran.” The department also claims the reasons for more homelessness is because of the, “effects of two wars on them (veterans), such as post-traumatic stress disorder, and a slow economic recovery have contributed to their homelessness.
Another article published on the Boston.com website in November 2012, says the following,
An upcoming report is expected to show the number of homeless veterans has dropped by at least 15,000 since 2009, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki says, and the drop is the result of an aggressive two-pronged strategy to not only take veterans off the street but also prevent new ones from ending up there.
Mr. Shinseki, the man in charge of the VA, made a bold promise in 2009 that homelessness for veterans would no longer be a problem by 2015. The former four-star general claims they’re ‘‘on target’’ to meet the goal.
According to the article published on Boston.com, officials and outside experts said it would take:
More than doubling of the current, record annual progress. Billions more in federal money. More improvements and long-term commitment to programs aimed at the root issues that land people on the streets — mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, unemployment, poverty.
The question that begs to be asked is, “why are there any homeless veterans to start with?” These veterans answered the call, and without hesitation most if not all of them volunteered in the cause of freedom.
Maybe our government should be more concerned with our homeless veterans than sending funds to other nations hell-bent on killing them. Perhaps then the homelessness problem among veterans would be ended, but that’s another story in itself.
You can go here to see a video about how homeless veterans help other veterans get off the streets.