Hey! I hope your Christmas went well! I want to talk about a subject that always bother my husband and I. Too often my husband and I run into homeless veterans. Why on earth is their homeless veterans? How do we not freely give to those who fought, cried, died and bled on our behalf? The numbers are disturbing!👇
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that the nation’s homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly 9% being female. The majority are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About 11% of the adult homeless population are veterans.
Roughly 45% of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 10.4% and 3.4% of the U.S. veteran population, respectively.
Homeless veterans are younger on average than the total veteran population. Approximately 9% are between the ages of 18 and 30, and 41% are between the ages of 31 and 50. Conversely, only 5% of all veterans are between the ages of 18 and 30, and less than 23% are between 31 and 50.
America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone.
About 1.4 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
How many homeless veterans are there?
Although flawless counts are impossible to come by – the transient nature of homeless populations presents a major difficulty – the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimatesthat 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night.
Approximately 12,700 veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND) were homeless in 2010. The number of young homeless veterans is increasing, but only constitutes 8.8% of the overall homeless veteran population.( http://nchv.org/index.php/news/media/background_and_statistics/)
Now that you have an idea of the numbers, how does it make you feel? I understand that the VA is low on resources, but that’s no excuse. All efforts should be made to make sure that all our veterans should be taken care of! We’re talking about people that risked their life to serve our country. We say thank you for serving our country, but walk pass them laying on the sidewalk! We all assume that it’s just some bum who don’t want a job. These men and women deserve immediate help! A lot of them have mental disorders , drug problems, and alcohol problems. Why? Because they have seen and experienced things we don’t even have the guts to imagine. Then, a lot of them come back disabled! Missing limbs and all. It takes a lot of adjusting to get back into ” normal” society after experiencing hell! They shouldn’t have to worry about anything but getting well and adjusting to life when they come back. Not trying to juggle their mental disorder and bills! Everything should be paid for on their behalf. They should be first in line for education, housing, education and medical care. These men and women don’t even get to enjoy the things that they fight so hard for! I remember how my husband and I would talk to this man who was a homeless veteran. He would walk with such pride despite the fact he lived in a homeless shelter! He was up in age, so he was wearing a very old vintage military suit. All his medals and badges attached. He walked with his head held high!😄 He was also African American, so it takes a lot to still hold your head up considering in his time African American soldiers were treated like dirt. And sadly, still get treated less than😩. That would explain why roughly 45 percent are African American or Hispanic. To this day my husband still run into homeless veterans at work. Please, if you see a homeless person, remember they could have served your country. Please give what you can to those in need.
Please stand and give our veterans a standing Ovation!👋😄
Thank you for your service🇺🇸!
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