Homelessness After Military Service

Serving in the military is seen as the most honorable thing one can do for the nation. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, there were 19 million military veterans in the United States in 2021. These individuals account for about 7% of the nation’s total population, but they also make up 13% of the adult population experiencing homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development states that on any given night, over 40,000 veterans are forced to sleep on the streets. Why are these highly-respected individuals experiencing homeless?