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.