Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have contributed to a sharp rise in the number of homeless military veterans, a recently completed Congressional Research Service report on homeless veterans says, and lawmakers are beginning to take notice.

The report shows female veterans were as much as four times more likely to become homeless than non-veteran women, with male veterans nearly twice as likely to become homeless than non-veterans.


...troops who've served in Iraq and Afghanistan are becoming homeless sooner than their predecessors - seeking housing services within months after returning from Iraq.


"VA has consistently underestimated the homeless veteran problem," said Larry Scott, veterans' advocate and founder of "VA Watchdog.org.""And, even when presented with hard data on the number of homeless vets in America, VA continues to under fund outreach, rehabilitation programs and facilities designed to help this vulnerable population."
Barack Obama, Daniel Okaka (D-Hawaii), and Larry Craig (R-Idaho) are working on this in various ways. But "hard work" must yield results, and as we know, satisfactory results are hard to come by these days.


At 1:46 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Way to take care of our Vets.

At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is really amazing...especially about the female vets. This is the fallout from war you never hear about.

At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished "Home to war : a history of the Vietnam veterans' movement" by Gerald Nicosia.

All I can say is deja vu all over again. Its the same old shit we were supposed to have already learned. Shame on the politicians who are familiar with what happened to the Viet Nam vets. There should be proactive investigations into the types of problems that we know occur from modern combat, especially stress related disorders (booze, drugs, craziness, homelessness)


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