Number of homeless Iraq, Afghan vets doubles

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Tue, 01-22-2013 - 3:32pm

Number of homeless Iraq, Afghan vets doubles

By Gregg Zoroya - USA Today

Posted : Wednesday Dec 26, 2012 19:13:47 EST

 

The number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are homeless or at risk of losing a roof over their heads has more than doubled in the past two years, according to government data.

 

Through the end of September, 26,531 of them were living on the streets, at risk of losing their homes, staying in temporary housing or receiving federal vouchers to pay rent, the Department of Veterans Affairs reports.

 

That’s up from 10,500 in 2010. The VA says the numbers could be higher because they include only the homeless the department is aware of.

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/12/gannett-homeless-iraq-afghanistan-veterans-122612/

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 11:55pm

It doesn't seem surprising.  They're mostly younger men with few marketable skills being turned out in a depression-like economy.