Essay on Homeless Veterans

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Introduction In the United States homeless has been an ongoing problem with there being thousands of people without homes, jobs, and adequate health care. A percentage of those people are military veterans who fought for our country. The Veterans Affairs Department has done countless studies to try to figure out why they are falling victim of homelessness. In this paper, I will give an in-depth look at the causes, treatment, and after care of homeless veterans. Looking at war history to see if maybe there is a link to being on the street, looking at the mental health, substance abuse, and the treatment of these men and women who have giving all to keep us free. This paper will look at war history, Mental Health/Substance Abuse/ Health …show more content…
Iraq war brought forth the effort to help get them off the streets and into treatment. Even though we have come back full circle to help the veterans, there are still thousands on the street.
Homeless Veterans Homelessness is a public health problem for over three decades and veterans are great concern do to their fighting for our country (Tsai, Pietrzak, Rosenheck, 2013). There has been great effort to end homelessness among veterans in recent years. In the last few years, they have reduced the numbers an estimated 17.9 %( Carlson, Garvet, Macia, Ruzek, & Burling, 2013). Veterans still make up about 7% of the homeless population even though the department of Housing reported 13% of homeless were veterans, which is an estimated 63,000 homeless as of January 2012(Carlson et al, 2013). The most recent data estimates that one seventh of the population of homeless consist of veterans, which is about 75,000 on any night in the year (Schinka, Schinka, Casey, Kasprow, &Bossarte, 2012). Sociodemographic characteristics the majority of homeless veterans are white, unmarried, unemployed, in their forties, and poor (Tsai et al, 2013). Current statistics of homeless veterans 20% are aged fifty-five or older (Schinka, Schinka, Casey, Kasprow, &Bossarte, 2012). 42% of the homeless population is older than sixty years old, 39 % are fifty one to sixty one years old (Berk-Clark & McGuire, 2013). Over the past twenty years, the Department of

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