In Florida, 1 out of 3 homeless are veteransOne of every four homeless people in the United States is a veteran, says a report to be released tomorrow.
Veterans make up 11% of the adult civilian population nationally. As a group, they're likely to be better educated and employed than the general population. But about 200,000 veterans will be homeless tonight.
In Florida, one of every three homeless people is a veteran. Florida has the second highest number of homeless veterans -- nearly 20,000.* Only California has more.
Homelessness is not a problem among just middle-age and elderly veterans. Younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are trickling into shelters -- and some advocates say that doesn't bode well for the future. It took roughly a decade for the lives of Vietnam veterans to unravel to the point that they started showing up among the homeless.
The report, from the Alliance to End Homelessness, bases its findings on numbers from the Veterans Affairs Department and the Census Bureau.
Read the Associated Press report here.
* The state's Office on Homelessness estimates that 60,168 men, women, and children are homeless on any given day in Florida.