By Ethan J. Evans
On a single night in January 2020, 37,252 veterans were experiencing homelessness in the United States—36,115 fewer veterans than in 2009, when these data were first collected (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA], 2021). This result is no accident. In 2010, the Obama White House and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness released the Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness report, in which the President wrote, “Veterans should never find themselves on the streets, living without care and without hope” (p. 2). This report provided a plan to prevent and end homelessness among veterans in five years. We ought to applaud the progress made, and as social workers we also ought to examine what has stood in the way of total success. Moreover, we ought to work toward remedy and help see this goal realized.
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