There Are Tens Of Thousands Of Homeless Veterans, Says The Department Of Veterans Affairs
January 20, 2014 • 5:10AM

Unimaginable numbers of U.S. soldiers are ending up on the streets, according to Afghanistan Jan. 18: Tens of thousands of American men and women who served their country in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now living on the streets. Tens of thousands more are enrolled in programs aimed at keeping them off the streets.

At least the number of peanuts has grown. The Veteran Affairs budget for dealing with ex-soldiers has gone from $60 million to $300 million a year. Distributed among the huge number of soldiers covered in its various programs, however, the funds are still a mere drop in the ocean.

U.S. military personnel who have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are homeless in "almost unimaginable numbers," says Gordon Duff, senior editor at Veterans Today. American veterans are returning to the United States "where our economy is in total shambles, where we have massive unemployment in the non-veteran work force," he said in a phone interview late last month. "Despite our lowered unemployment figures, a large percentage of those are people that are no longer even bothering to look for work because there is no work in the U.S.," he added. As revealed by the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday, nearly 48,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were either homeless or in a federal program designed to keep them off the streets during 2013, almost triple the number in 2011.

Advocates for the homeless say many of the estimated 2.5 million Americans who served in the two wars went into combat zones on multiple deployments, something many veterans of previous conflicts never had to endure, USA Today reported in an article published Friday.