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SALUTE wants to see honor and respect reestablished in the lives of our homeless veterans. Living day to day with uncertainty and lack of stability is no way for our heroes to live.

Statistics

S.A.L.U.T.E. wants to see honor and respect reestablished in the lives of our homeless veterans. Existing day to day with uncertainty and lack of stability is no way for our heroes to live.
Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates, 49,933 veterans are homeless on any given night (although it is impossible to have completely accurate numbers due to the transient nature of homeless populations). The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that the nation’s homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly 8% being female. The majority of these veterans are single, live in urban areas, and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About 12% of the adult homeless population are veterans.
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, homeless veterans are younger on average than the total veteran population. Approximately 9% are between the ages of 18 and 30, and 41% are between the ages of 31 and 50. Conversely, only 5% of all veterans are between the ages of 18 and 30, and less than 23% are between 31 and 50.
America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone.
There are many factors that influence homelessness – extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)/other mental illness and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks. Additionally, military occupations and training are not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing some veterans at a disadvantage when competing for employment. About 1.4 million other veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, difficulty finding employment and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
Homeless veterans deserve secure, safe, clean housing that offers a supportive environment that is free of drugs and alcohol. This is how we SALUTE our veterans.
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