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How many homeless veterans are there?
Although accurate numbers are impossible to come by -- no one keeps national records on homeless veterans -- the VA estimates that 131,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. And approximately twice that many experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served this country. According to the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Urban Institute, 1999), veterans account for 23 percent of all homeless people in America.
The reduction of homeless veterans from more than 195,000 to about 154,000 was announced as Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake was elected to chair the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessnes
VA provides health care to about 100,000 homeless veterans, and compensation and pensions to nearly 40,000 annually.
over the weekend, Kevin Capps, 46, was standing at Central and San Mateo, holding a sign that said, "Vet, Really Hungry, Homeless, Need Help."
According to the police report, Capps was holding up traffic when he would walk up to drivers to collect cash. When an officer talked to him, Capps said he was a former lieutenant in the United States Army and a veteran of the first Gulf War.
When he was questioned further about his military background, Capps admitted to making the whole thing up—and that is not all officers discovered.
"This guy had heroin in his pocket, so obviously he was not going to use it for food," APD's Nadine Hamby said. "He wasn't going to use it to find a place to stay. He was going to use it to buy his next fix."
Originally posted by jam321
I think the government should open up a few of those closed down bases and allow homeless vets to live in those barracks. Provide them with meals and medical check ups and further education.
At the same time, they should get these vets to be self sufficient on these bases by showing them how to plant gardens, raise livestock and other ways along these lines.
This would give many of these homeless vets a second chance at life.
Anybody want to add to this idea?