Sunday, 17 April 2011

TRANSIENT ARMY: HOMELESS VETERANS IN THE US

A ghost army walks the streets of most major US centres, hidden in the alleys, on the street corners, the dark places that few people look. Unbeknownst to most, nearly one quarter of all homeless in the United States are veterans; of those, nearly half served in the Vietnam era army, with over sixty five percent having served three years or more within the armed forces. Drug, alcohol and stress disorders are generally the cause. It was not until recent years that the US armed forces integrated a serious mental health program to assess returning veterans, but for many of those still on the street it is too late.

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