Published: May 27, 2015
It’s a common sight to see an individual holding up a sign declaring that they are a veteran and they need financial assistance. But did you know that on any given night in the U.S. there are 130,000 homeless veterans? In state and federal prisons, homeless veterans make up 140,000 of the individuals. Most homeless veterans are age 51 and up (50%), while the second majority come from those between 31 and 50 (41%). A minority of homeless veterans are between age 18 and 30 (9%).
Among the adult population, 23% are homeless veterans. The percent amongst male homeless population is extraordinary at 33%. Homeless veterans are most likely to be sighted in principle cities (79%) and less likely to be in suburban (16%) and rural areas (5%).
Veterans who are homeless often have disabilities (51%). Those with a serious mental illness like PTSD make up 50% of the homeless veteran population. Those who have substance abuse problems make up an overwhelming 70%.
Before judging the needy with criticism, think about where they came from. After all, it could be a sick veteran asking for your help.