Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veterans Day
"Thanks" is not enough

They're just 11 percent of the U.S. adult population, but a report finds that veterans make up one in four homeless people.

And the problem is not confined to middle-aged and elderly veterans. The Veterans Affairs Department has identified 1,500 homeless veterans from the current wars.

Younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are trickling into shelters and soup kitchens seeking services, treatment or help with finding a job.

The Alliance to End Homelessness bases the findings of its report on numbers from Veterans Affairs and the Census Bureau. Data from 2005 estimated that about 194,000 homeless people out of 744,000 on any given night were veterans.

Some advocates said such an early presence of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan at shelters does not bode well for the future.


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