Once veterans become homeless, they are likely to remain homeless longer than non-veterans. And they are also more likely to report having serious health problems, according to a new report by an advocacy group, the 100,000 Homes Campaign.
The report is based on surveys conducted over several years with 23,000 homeless people, of which nearly 3,500 were veterans. Officials with the campaign said the surveys were drafted with the intention of finding out more about why veterans are disproportionately represented among the homeless population. (The survey found that while veterans are 9 percent of the total population, they were more than 15 percent of the homeless people surveyed. That is similar to the findings of a recent federal report on homeless veterans.)