Homeless Veterans By: Mackenzie Gerwitz

In a study conducted in 2014 there were 49,933 homeless veterans. Many homeless veterans are male, single, and live in a city. Veterans are more likely to experience homelessness than any other civilian. Because veterans have a higher risk of of experiencing traumatic brain injuries and or PTSD it's hard for them to find a job once they are out of service and in turn they don't have money to afford the cost of living therefore they become homeless.
What are we doing to help end homelessness of Veterans?

Homeless Veterans can receive assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) but they are only able to receive assistance if they are eligible. Many Veterans can also receive assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Veterans are able to receive vouchers that give them the ability to have temporary assistance with housing. But, as soon as these voucher expire the Veterans are back to square one and often end up being homeless again.

President Trump has recently released his 2018 budget and in this budget it provides a $4.6 billion increase in funding for the VA in order to help Veterans receive better health care and other services. Also the budget includes extending funding to the Veterans Choice Program which provides Veterans the choice in where they are going to seek care. With the increase in funding the extra money that is being provided to the Veterans and the VA it will help reduce the amount of homeless Veterans in the country if not eliminate them

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