The Homelessness Of The Vietnam War Era Veterans Essay

2393 Words Nov 8th, 2014 10 Pages
There is an issue that has been around for quite some time but is just now becoming one that is

highly noticeable within the community, and that is the issue of homelessness. Homelessness has been

something that has predated even the awareness that has risen over the past two decades. This is

especially true for American veterans, but it is not confined to veterans alone.

There are as many as 400,000 Vietnam war era veterans that are homeless during a period of

time within every year, and 200,000 veterans from post Vietnam service periods that end up homeless

as well. Most of these homeless veterans are men with women being at just a little over 3 percent of

these guesstimated numbers, and the majority of these people that served our country have mental,

drug, and alcohol issues that are not being treated properly as well. The number of Vietnam veterans

alone actually far surpasses the number of veterans that died in that tragic war.

“The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 62,619 veterans

are homeless on a given night over the course of a year, and more than twice that number are at risk of

homelessness.” (wsws.org) Albeit that veterans make up only 11 percent of the adult populace, they are

in the majority when it comes to the homeless population with one out of four homeless people being

of veteran status. There are claims that these numbers have dropped by 25 percent since the Obama

administration initiated…

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