Veterans are 11% more likely to develop life threatening diseases while living in a shelter compared to non-veterans.
While advocates are heartened by the recent decrease in veterans’ homelessness – 11% between January 2010 and January 2011, there are increasing concerns about how to meet the needs of the large number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who will soon be returning.
But there is hope on the federal level. The President’s proposed budget includes $1.4 Billion for homeless veterans – a 33% increase over the FY2012 level. If you would like to help ensure that this proposed increase becomes a reality, you can involved in the national advocacy effort. The National Alliance to End Homelessness has launched a FY2013 Veterans Campaign to support the proposed increase in funding for dedicated homeless assistance programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This campaign’s website provides information you need to take action to help secure the necessary resources for the programs like HUD-VASH, GDP, and SSVF in FY 2013.
Click here to read the full article on The Huffington. This article includes a compelling slideshow key facts about veterans homelessness.