US Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans homeless

This video from the USA says about itself:

24 April 2012

Over 100,000 United States Veterans are homeless every year. In a powerful one-hour documentary, filmmaker Issac Goeckeritz takes viewers into the largely invisible world of homeless veterans and the difficult, but hopeful, pathways home. Street Vets is the culmination of a year-long chronicling of the life and times of ten men living at Ogden, Utah‘s Homeless Veterans Fellowship – a transitional housing program aimed at assisting homeless Veterans into self sufficiency. The film provides a remarkably candid view of the long-term scars of war and personal tragedy that, in many cases, have led to alcohol and drug abuse…and life on the streets.

By Shannon Jones in the USA:

Homelessness soars among US Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans

31 December 2012

According to a new government report, the number of US Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless is rising at an alarming rate, more than doubling over the past two years. The US Veterans Administration said that through the end of September 2012, 26,531 veterans were living on the street, at risk of losing their homes, staying in temporary housing or receiving federal vouchers to pay rent. That compares to 10,500 in 2010.

The numbers cited are only those veterans the VA is aware of. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 62,619 veterans are homeless on a given night over the course of a year, and more than twice that number are at risk of homelessness.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that some 1.5 million veterans are at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks and dismal, overcrowded, living conditions. Veterans are much more likely than the population at large to suffer from homelessness, comprising 23 percent of the homeless population even though only 8 percent of the population at large can claim veteran status.

Afghanistan War veterans are particularly at risk because of their young age and their exposure to combat with its psychological effects. Some seventy percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans had exposure to combat. About 30,700 are expected to leave the military in each of the next four years as the military reduces its ranks. About 13 percent of homeless Afghan and Iraq war veterans are women, and almost 50 percent of all homeless veterans are African American.

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  1. Afghan refugees shiver at another deadly winter

    January 02, 2013 01:30 PM

    Agence France Presse

    “Last year was the worst, and the weather is again turning bad,” Sayed Ullah, 40, said as he lined up for a large package containing tarpaulins, cooking oil fortified with vitamins and warm clothing for adults and children.

    “I live in some ruins with my wife and four children, and we don’t have any heat or enough food,” said Ullah, who was maimed in a mine explosion several years ago that left him missing several fingers.

    “We fled to Kabul from Logar province due to the violence and I have no income except for just a bit of labouring work. We need help to get through the winter.”

    UNHCR said it had funded and organised distribution of aid to more than 32,000 “internally displaced” families across the country since November and 240,000 Afghans would receive winter assistance through its scheme.

    At least two deaths from the cold have already been confirmed this year, a three-year-old and a new-born infant in the Charahi Qambar refugee camp in the west of Kabul.

    Last year’s death toll sparked anger over the government’s failure to protect people, even in Kabul. Emergency relief was eventually shipped into the camps by the US military, international groups and charities.

    “Poverty, conflict and lack of development are longstanding problems which leave many people vulnerable,” said Douglas DiSalvo, a UNHCR official at the distribution centre.

    “We can provide assistance but people still live without proper hygiene, sanitation and protection from the weather and that must be tackled.

    “We have been working with the government and others intensively to prepare for the worse winter period, which may still lie ahead.”

    The government wants the 55 camps in Kabul cleared and refugees to return to their home provinces, but many say it is too dangerous due the Taliban insurgency against the US-backed government.


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  14. A FORMER Royal Marine who lost three limbs in Afghanistan had to “beg, borrow and steal” to get the necessary healthcare, he said yesterday.

    Mark Ormrod stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Helmand on Christmas Eve 2007.

    Mr Ormrod became Britain’s first triple amputee from Afghanistan, but had to raise more than £140,000 himself so that he could be fitted with artificial limbs and sockets.

    “Having to beg charities for money hurts my pride and makes me feel that my sacrifice for this country wasn’t worthwhile,” he said.

    “To have to go through this after having given so much is painful and is actually more a cause of distress than the actual injuries themselves.”

    His account is detailed in a report written by former Royal Marines captain Jon White, who urged ministers to overhaul the way the NHS and Ministry of Defence (MoD) cared for amputee troops and veterans.


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