Editors Note: We're blogging through We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel.
The Vietnam War started in November of 1955 and ended in April of 1975. Many of the veterans in that war became homeless when they came back to the States. There are more homeless veterans than there are people who died in the war.
Most of the Vietnam War homeless veterans have/had problems with drugs or alcohol. There are many organizations that are devoted to helping Vietnam veterans, such as Veterans Inc., Vietnam Veterans of America, and We Honor Veterans, and more.
There are a couple of problems that are in the way of our helping homeless veterans. One is the data that different organizations have about veterans is not shared so as to protect that person’s privacy.
In January of 2014, there was an estimated 49,933 homeless vets in America. Then the population had decreased 67 percent since 2009.
In January of 2015 New Orleans claimed that there were no more homeless veterans in its town. Many are sure that others with follow soon.