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Truth:

 

VA programs alone only reach 40% of our Nations Heroes and according to research the most effective programs are community-based nonprofits like Veterans Outreach.

 

Facts:

 

1. According to its own estimates, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs will reach slightly more than 40 percent of America’s homeless veterans. (“Background & Statistics.” National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.)

 

2. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that the nation’s homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly 8% being female. (“Background & Statistics.” National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.)

 

3. About 13% of the adult homeless population are veterans. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA))

 

4. 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. (“Background & Statistics.” National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.)

 

5. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA))

 

6. About 1. 5 million other veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing. (“Background & Statistics.” National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.)

 

7. The 2012 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress, prepared by HUD, estimates there were 62,619 homeless Veterans on a single night in January in the United States. (Cortes, Alvaro, Meghan Henry, RJ De La Cruz, and Scott Brown. “2012 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.” Housing and Urban Development: Homelessness Data Exchange)

 

8. The most effective programs for homeless and at-risk veterans are community-based, nonprofit, “veterans helping veterans” groups. (“Background & Statistics.” National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.)

 

9. More than 67% of Homeless Veterans served our country for at least three years and 33% were stationed in a war zone. (“Stand Down’s Information Page about Homeless Veterans.” Stand Down’s Information Page about Homeless Veterans.)

 

10. Homeless veterans are more likely to die on the streets than non-veterans. (Goldberg, Eleanor. “Homeless Veterans More Likely To Die On Streets Than Other Homeless People, Study Says.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 10 Nov. 2011.)

 

 

11. About 56 percent of homeless veterans were sheltered (or 35,143 people), and an estimated 44% were in unsheltered locations (or 27,476 people). (Cortes, Alvaro, Meghan Henry, RJ De La Cruz, and Scott Brown. “2012 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.” Housing and Urban Development: Homelessness Data Exchange)

 

12.  About 22 veterans a day take their own life, according to department estimates, male veterans under 30 saw a 44 percent increase in the rate of suicides.  Leo Shane III Stars and Stripes Published; January 9, 2014.

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