Homeless female veterans on the rise

According to a CNN report today, the VA estimates the rate of homeless female veterans is rising as many women return home from a combat environment to a country struggling during the economic downturn.

Approximately 10% of all homeless veterans are women, and approximately 740 homeless female veterans served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Homeless advocates attribute the problem, in part, to issues such as PTSD and military sexual trauma.

Although efforts have been made by the VA to attempt to address the problem of homelessness among veterans, funding is not available to adequately assist all 131,000 veterans without housing.

The Secretary of the VA, Eric Shinseki, has vowed to end homelessness within five years.