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Presence of Mental Disorder is Strong Predictor for Veteran Homelessness


A new study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Incidence and Risk Factors for Becoming Homeless in Veterans.  -  has found that the presence of mental disorders prior to discharge from active duty is the strongest predictor of becoming homeless for veterans who have recently been discharged from active duty. Military sexual trauma is a strong predictor of becoming homeless for female veterans who were also involved with Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  Additionally, a higher percentage of veterans of OEF and OIF who became homeless were diagnosed with mental disorders over time than non-OEF/OIF veterans who are homeless.

In an effort to achieve their 5 year goal of eliminating homelessness among veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General conducted and  published the report: Homeless Incidence and Risk Factors for Becoming Homeless in Veterans. The study investigated the incidence of homelessness among recent veterans, the existence of risk factors for veterans to become homeless and the use of VA specific homeless services by homeless veterans.

This study underscores the need for specific services that address the mental needs of new veterans to prevent homelessness.

To read the full report, click here


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