Despite a very difficult economy, the number of homeless veterans continues to decline. Since 2009, there has been a 17% drop in the number of homeless veterans. And this trend may continue and possibly even accelerate.
In recent years, VA has made it a priority to get veterans off the streets. The agency is presently embarking on a very admirable goal – ending homelessness among veterans by 2015. This year, VA will increase its funding to achieve this goal to $300 million.
Of course, moving homeless veterans off the street and into permanent housing is only part of the goal. The other part of the goal includes proving physical and mental health services to veterans to help them rehabilitate. Many veterans, unfortunately, suffer from very serious mental health disorders, including PTSD, which may be the result of their service to our country. For some Vietnam era veterans, the lack of treatment available in the 1970s and 1980s may have caused their mental health conditions to get worse.
In any event, ending homelessness amongst our nation’s veterans is a tremendous goal, and it appears that VA is moving in the right direction.
Legal Help for Homeless Vets
We should not be failing our men and women in uniform when they return home from service. Veterans Help Group is committed to assisting veterans to obtain the benefits they deserve, including disability compensation for PTSD and for vets disabled by other service-related mental conditions. Please contact us for a free evaluation of your case.