The number of military veterans who are homeless is astoundingly high. An approximate of a third of adult homeless males and a quarter of all homeless people served in the armed forces.

Despite this, there are no accurate records of the number of people who are homeless veterans, but the number of ex-soldiers on the streets is approximated to be around 200,000 or higher in a given year. Other ex-service members are considered to be at risk due to poverty, a lack of support from relatives and friends and the high cost of living in various urban areas.

It is estimated that 97% of homeless ex-soldiers are men and most of them are single. Around half of the homeless veteran population suffers from mental sicknesses, and more than two-thirds fight with alcohol and drug addiction. Almost 40% of homeless ex-soldiers have psychiatric and drug addiction problems. Some of them are afflicted with mental and physical ailments or injury due to their time in the military. What some of them don’t realize is that there are programs set out to help them out.

In the past year alone, the VA provided health services to over 100,000 homeless veterans and also gave services to at least 70,000 in special programs for the homeless. Over 40,000 homeless ex-soldiers get compensation or pensions annually. The VA’s program for the homeless offers a range of services and support to ex-soldiers so that they recover and live a much better and independent life.

2017-12-15T22:08:44+00:00 February 27th, 2016|Categories: Homeless Vets, VA Benefits|Tags: , |5 Comments


  1. Ronald Herrin April 3, 2016 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    I am a Vietnam Vet who became ill with Parkinson in 1995.. I became 100% disabled by the VA in
    2014. Does my spouse receive any pension after I die? If so how do I know how the amount is calculated?

  2. pamela eadie December 15, 2016 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Hi. I am a vets widow who is currently homeless and in need of help in red bluff ca. My husband passed away last year in the middle of applying for additional benefits.

    Is there any help for spouse support?


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