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Homeless veterans: “America’s national disgrace”

 StreetWise - USA 16 November 2019

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, across the U.S., one in three homeless individuals are veterans. The federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that 260,000 veterans are homeless at some point during the year (130,000 at any given time). Homeless veterans are mostly male (96 percent) and come from poor, disadvantaged communities, according to the VA. Forty-five percent suffer from mental illness, and 50 percent have substance abuse issues. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, homelessness among veterans is caused by a complex set of factors affecting all homeless persons: an extreme shortage of affordable housing, liveable income, and access to health care. In addition, many veterans are living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse, paired with a lack of family and social support networks. (1828 Words) - By Sam McClain

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