When you think about war veterans, you usually think about injured or crazy old people with exciting stories to tell and a grenade or two hidden in their backyards. However, the reality is far from this imaginary idea.
Nearly 12% of the homeless population in the United States actually consists of war veterans. They have served in the Cold War, World War II, Iraq and Afghanistan, the Vietnam War. Fighting for their country has made them turn to alcohol or drug abuse and a life deprived of health care, family, good income and affordable homes. The majority of those unfortunate veterans have mental problems, health problems and various injuries. Nearly 60,000 veterans are forced to live on the streets. According to an official count made by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, each night the US streets are the bed of 57,849 homeless veterans.
Unfortunately, the US government is unable to provide homes, jobs and drug-free environments for every homeless person out there. However, there are many institutions and charities devoted to helping the homeless and they are always in need of your help.