Group: ‘Alarming’ rise in homeless Iraq, Afghanistan veterans
The latest report card on the Obama Administration’s push to end veteran homelessness by 2015 arrived Monday: the number of ex-service members sleeping in parks, under bridges or in public spaces declined by 7 percent this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) confirmed.
But other advocates — including a small cadre of soldiers who use their spare time and combat skills to track, clothe and house veterans forced to live outside on home soil — say they still are seeing an “alarming” rise in younger homeless veterans, many of whom fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
HUD released Monday afternoon a full 2012 count of homeless Americans, including a fresh tally of homeless veterans: “On a single night in January 2012, 62,619 veterans were homeless,” the agency said. Veteran homelessness has now been reduced by 17.2 percent since January 2009, the agency said.
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