We are committed to helping restore dignity and purpose to those who so unselfishly laid their lives on the line for our country. The Veterans Administration estimates 700,000 military veterans are in this country’s jails and prisons. Many of those served by the VA have averaged seven prior arrests, and 20 percent have spent a year or more behind bars.
Eighty-one percent of veterans who end up in jails or prisons had a substance abuse problem, and 25 percent were diagnosed as mentally ill. Veterans are overrepresented among the homeless population. Nationally, approximately 16 percent of homeless populations are veterans, compared to 10 percent in the U.S. general (housed) population.
- Number of veterans in the U.S. as of 2014: approximately 22.5 million
- In Denver Metro area, 11.5 percent of the population experiencing homelessness has served in the military.
- On any given night, more than 300,000 veterans are living on the streets or in shelters in the U.S.
- Approx. 33% of homeless males in the U.S. are veterans.
- Veterans are twice as likely as other Americans to become chronically homeless.
- Veterans represent 11% of the adult civilian population, but 26% of the homeless population, according to the Homeless Research Institute (2007).
- Veterans are more at risk of becoming homeless than non-veterans
- The number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans, male and female, is greater than the number of soldiers who died during the war.