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I got into a discussion with my wife about how many veterans are homeless and the different reasons why. She asked me how bad the problem really was so I looked it up. I was shocked.
Although flawless counts are impossible to come by – the transient nature of homeless populations presents a major difficulty – VA estimates that 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.At this point I want to make a distinction between being deployed to a war zone and being stationed in a war zone. Being deployed to a war zone means you are being sent out from your station to a war zone for a period ranging anywhere from 6-15 months. Being stationed in a war zone means that war zone will be your station and your home for 2-3 years. Anyone who has BTDT feel free to correct me.Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone.
Being stationed in a war zone is the epitome of suck.
Guys, we give a lot of love to our troops currently serving. That is great. Next time you send cigars to the troops, consider dropping $20 for the guys that served for you who are getting pretty cold this time of year.About 1.5 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
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