Veteran homelessness
As difficult as it is for those serving overseas in our military, for some it may be even more difficult returning home. In 2010, nearly a third of all veterans between 18 and 24 were unemployed. Nearly 1 million vets also reported they were living in poverty. About 67,000 individuals, or about 33% of all American homeless men, are veterans of our Armed Forces who are currently living without shelter. Women vets comprise about 7% of our homeless population. Advocates lament studies showing that servicewomen returning from the battlefield are the fastest-growing segment of our homeless population. They say that while male returnees become homeless mostly due to substance abuse and mental illness, female vets faces these challenges and more. These challenges include the search for family housing, and jobs that can be more difficult for women to find than men. These advocates also claim many homeless female veterans suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder as a result of experiencing combat and having been sexually harassed or assaulted during their time in the service. About 26% of females seeking VA medical care reported experiences of sexual assault. In 2011, nearly 10% of the 141,000 veterans who spent at least one night in a shelter were women. Female veterans are also much more likely to be single parents than male vets. However, most VA transitional housing programs either do not accept children or restrict the age or number of children accepted. Since 2009, only about 35,000 homeless veterans have received permanent housing from HUD or the VA. A number of job initiatives by the Obama administration that year reduced the veteran’s homeless rate by 17%. However, with the war in Afghanistan winding down, the number of homeless veterans is expected to significantly increase without additional housing and employment assistance available to them.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.252 - Comprehensive Homes for Heroes Act of 2015
H.R.474 - Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2015

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