Statistics around veterans are alarming and somewhat disturbing:
- As of December 2011, veterans of the military accounted for one in seven homeless people ( Center for American Progress reports).
- Almost a third of veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 were unemployed last year, according to unpublished Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the Center for Progress reports. In 2010, nearly 1 in 10 veterans with disabilities were out of work.
- About 1 in 5 women seen in Veterans Health Administration respond “yes” when screened for Military Sexual Trauma
Source: The Huffington Post, National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet: Military Sexual Trauma
When I speak to friends about veterans, opinions vary. It is very easy to judge when you know little about a person’s reasoning to join the military, persons who are often young and disadvantaged. Nevertheless, it is a fact that veterans face many issues during service and upon return, trying to readjusting to civilian life.