Last week, students across the nation discussed ways America should help veterans escape homelessness in our #DoNowVets post. We asked students How can we prevent veterans from being homeless? Whose responsibility is it to help them? Homelessness has become a growing issue in America since the mid-eighties. However, many Americans may be shocked to find that veterans are a part of the growing number of homeless people.
Homelessness is not simply a person without a place to sleep at night. As Steve Peck, CEO of U.S. Vets writes in his article in the Huffington Post, “homelessness is the end result of a whole series of events that result in diminished capacity, loss of self-determination, most often loss of employment, loss of family, isolation, poverty, and lack of self-esteem, all leading to inability to pay for housing.”