In the United States, there are nearly 650,000 homeless adults, and over 10% of them are veterans. Upon returning home, veterans face many challenges that can lead to homelessness, such as mental illness, substance abuse, foreclosure, poverty and unemployment. These issues are often compounded by misconceptions about veteran homelessness, particularly regarding the amount of support they receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Thankfully, the VA has become aware of these challenges and has redoubled its effort of ending veteran homelessness.
Number of Homeless People in the U.S.: 636,017
Number of Homeless Veterans: 67,495
10.6% of the nation’s homeless population are veterans.
Veterans are 2 times as likely as other Americans to become chronically homeless.
Homeless Veterans Statistics
89% received honorable discharge
67% served 3 or more years
47% are Vietnam Veterans
15% served pre-Vietnam
5.5% are Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
Percent of homeless population who are veterans:
15.1% or more : AK, AZ, KS, LA, MT, NC, NV, SC, SD, TN, WV