As we approach May and Memorial Day to observe and remember our fallen military personnel, let us also reminisce on our falling military personnel and resolve to remedy this situation within the remainder of this decade.
From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
«» 9% of homeless veterans are female
«» The majority of homeless veterans are single and live in urban areas
«» 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.
«» Approximately 9% of homeless veterans 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.
«» 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.