The Veterans Administration estimates that more than 100,000 veterans are sleeping on the streets every given night of the year. Approximately 1.5 million veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq are currently considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty and lack of support networks.
According to statistics collected yearly by the VA, no region in the country has enough shelter beds available to serve the need.
Two-thirds of America's homeless veterans served for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone. They have served in all the conflicts of recent years, including Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF).
Around the United States, community groups are hampered by lack of space, lack of funding, and a lack of publicity about the numbers of veterans who are homeless and the challenges they face while trying to turn their lives around.
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