The number of veterans who are homeless is higher than in the civilian population. Vets between the ages of 18 and 30 are twice as likely to be homeless. Although only 8 percent of the U.S. population has veteran status, veterans constitute 17 percent of the homeless population. In addition, veterans are homeless longer than nonveterans. Veterans seeking housing from a homeless shelter are more likely to have disabilities than the general homeless population in shelters, according to the 2013 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annual homelessness report.
Although veterans disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are generally modest, in some instances veterans can obtain a larger amount. If they are deemed to have a serious disability, they could be eligible for special monthly compensation (SMC) in addition to their regular disability benefit amount.
Veterans have become accustomed to horror stories about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), especially those involving problems with VA disability benefits and health care. However, some incidents are so alarming that they bear repeating. Some of veterans have been declared dead by the VA when they are actually very much alive.
The scandal over the length of time veterans have had to wait to receive health care at VA facilities broke in 2014. Congress reacted by allocating more funds to VA health care and authorizing a program that would allow some veterans to seek treatment from private health care providers. However, these efforts seem to have only placed a Band-Aid on the problem, especially when it comes to psychiatric health care.