A study conducted by the 100,000 Homeless Campaign revealed that homeless Veterans are more likely to die on the streets, when compared against non-Veterans.
The results of the study indicated that Veterans who become homeless are 11 percentage points more likely to develop life-threatening health conditions, versus homeless people who are non-Veterans.
The results of the study indicated further that 21.3 percent of homeless Veterans were over the age of 60, while only 9.4 percent of homeless non-Veterans belonged to the same age bracket. Homeless Veterans are usually older when compared against their non-Veteran counterparts, and usually remain homeless for longer periods of time. Their being older, some homeless Veterans say, hinders their ability to “get their lives back on track.”
Older Veterans, such as Vietnam Vet TJ Manning, shared that despite efforts being made by the Obama government to provide jobs for the estimated 900,000 unemployed Veterans in the country, most of these efforts are geared towards meeting the needs of Iraqi and Afghan war Vets. Manning has been living in a homeless shelter in Texas for a year.
The Senate recently passed a proposal from President Obama, which would allow companies that hire jobless Veterans to enjoy tax incentives. In addition, the president and the Department of Veterans Affairs are working towards putting and end to homelessness by 2014.
Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, shared: “Those who have served this nation as veterans should never find themselves on the streets, living without care and without hope.”