According to the latest stats, veterans make up 14.6% of Chicago’s homeless people, with more than half having served in Iraq, the Persian Gulf, or Vietnam.
The number of homeless veterans has decreased nationally, but Illinois continues to be one of the top 10 states with the highest number of homeless veterans.
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As this investigation into the homeless population in Chicago continues, we are aware that the situation of homeless veterans is extremely trying, due to the following details:
- Veterans have a 50% higher chance of ending up homeless than other Americans.
- Veterans experience homelessness for a longer period of time — six years on average as opposed to four years for non-veterans.
On Tuesday, Project Veritas published a whistleblower video proving the Chicago Housing Authority is abandoning American citizens who are homeless in the streets in favor of illegal immigrants.
Beatrice, a whistleblower who is worried about how the nation’s homeless people are being handled, informed the journalists of Veritas that the city of Chicago gave illegal immigrants priority over its own residents.
She also suggests that Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of the city, might bear some of the blame. Beatrice stated the bill for the permanent placement of Americans has not been signed by the mayor.
1200 families that crossed the border illegally are getting American taxpayers money for hotels. But our own homeless veterans don't?
American citizens aren't last to Biden; They aren't even on his list at all. #BorderCrisis #wheresAOC 🤔 #bidenharrisfail #ProjectVeritas pic.twitter.com/1VblM4HPXC
— E.J. (@melah1313) March 23, 2021
They are giving immigrants more importance than Americans, she claimed. Many veterans’ reasons for becoming homeless have their military experience at their core.
The impact that poor mental health has on one’s capacity to lead a normal life is a frequent contributor to veteran homelessness.
Veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq make up one in five and have serious depression or PTSD. Just 50% of those veterans who sought therapy received at least minimum adequate care.
I cant describe the hate & ANGER n my heart rn. #Veterans have f****g DIED DIED!!! waiting on health care, lost their homes n 4closure still #homeless! Some of us waiting 8 YEARS on VA decisions. Im SICK TO MY STOMACH. Obama Admin did all they cud 2 break us & they hvnt stopped.
— VictoryBase (@VictoryBaseFSB) September 18, 2018
Many veterans have used drugs or alcohol as a kind of self-medication to deal with PTSD and other stressors; shockingly, two-thirds of homeless veterans struggle with substance misuse.
While problems related to a veteran’s military experience frequently cause homelessness, they also generate requirements particular to this group of people.
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Together with everything else that the homeless population as a whole requires, homeless veterans have a unique need for community.
Due to their lack of social connection, the majority of homeless people tend to distrust those in positions of power and those who could potentially be of assistance.
Yet, the demand is considerably greater for homeless veterans. One in five veterans live alone and are socially isolated just after leaving the military.
Without reliable people they can count on during a crisis (which could be the dissolution of their marriage or episodes of PTSD and anxiety), they experience homelessness more frequently and for a longer period of time.
Veterans who are homeless require access to mental health treatments in particular. Up to 80% of homeless veterans have a mental illness, compared to an estimated 45% of the total homeless population.