Tonight, 200,000 veterans will sleep under bridges, in alleys, and abandoned buildings.
Only 9% of the U.S. population have served in uniform, but 23% of the homeless are veterans. One out of every three homeless men is a veteran. Approximately 500,000 veterans experience homelessness annually, programs will reach about 20% of them.
Right now, the number of homeless male and female Vietnam era veterans is greater than the number of service persons who died during that war.
The request FY 2008 budget for the Department of Veteran's Affairs is $86.4 Billion. Maybe we can use a little of that on this? Or give them some more instead of spending half a million dollars on fruit labratorys, researching the uses of wood, and indoor rainforests?
I really wanna fix this.