No Place To Call Home: The Plight Of Homeless Veterans - FOX 35 News Orlando

No Place To Call Home: The Plight Of Homeless Veterans

Posted: Updated:

Hundreds of thousands of veterans are coming back after their deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan and if history is any indication, many of them will end up homeless and an increasing number of those will be women.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs there are at least 67-thousand homeless veterans across the nation right now. Of those, 40-percent are African American and Hispanic and 8-percent are women. Not only that but another one and a half million veterans are at risk of becoming homeless. And of those who already are, the largest number of them are in the Los Angeles area where as many as 6-trhousand men and women who served their country are without a permanent residence on any given night.

It is a problem that has been persistent for decades. In fact, the largest group of homeless veterans are those who served in Vietnam. The Veterans Administration says it would like to eliminate homelessness among veterans by the year 2015. I don't know anyone who believes that's going to happen.

That being said, it is an issue that cannot be ignored and to which, fortunately, more and more attention and resources are being directed. The story I did that is attached here really drives home the point, no pun intended.

 

Tony McEwing co-anchors FOX 11 Morning News at 4:30 am and provides news updates for the Emmy award winning Good Day LA, broadcast weekdays from 7:00 - 10:00 am. He also co-anchors the FOX 11 10 am News and the FOX 11 News at Noon.
  • Los Angeles & SoCal NewsLos Angeles & SoCal NewsMore>>

  • Police: 5 Arrests in Killing of USC Student

    Police: 5 Arrests in Killing of USC Student

    Police say two adults and two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder in the killing of a Chinese foreign exchange student from the University of Southern California.
    Police say two adults and two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder in the killing of a Chinese foreign exchange student from the University of Southern California.
  • Family and Friends in Disbelief After Loss of 20-year-old After Lightning Strike

    Family and Friends in Disbelief After Loss of 20-year-old After Lightning Strike

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:50:06 GMT
    It was a gut-wrenching scene on Venice Beach Sunday afternoon after a man in a wetsuit was pulled out of the water after the lightning strike.  A helicopter search followed a report by a witness of 20-year-old Nick Fagnano floating in the water.
    It was a gut-wrenching scene on Venice Beach Sunday afternoon after a man in a wetsuit was pulled out of the water after the lightning strike.  A helicopter search followed a report by a witness of 20-year-old Nick Fagnano floating in the water.
  • Judge Rules Shelly Sterling Acted Appropriately

    Judge Rules Shelly Sterling Acted Appropriately

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:31:34 GMT
    Clippers owner Donald Sterling repeatedly consented to his wife selling the Clippers while facing the prospect of being stripped of the team by the NBA, then suddenly changed his mind and disregarded the terms of the family trust, Shelly Sterling's attorney told a judge today.
    Shelly Sterling acted properly in removing her husband as a director of the family trust that owns the Los Angeles Clippers, and she has the authority to sell the team despite Donald Sterling's objections, a judge tentatively ruled on Monday.
  • FeaturesMore>>

  • Midday Sunday With Tony Valdez

    Buddhism: Part of the American Cultural Landscape

    Buddhism: Part of the American Cultural Landscape

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:05:50 GMT
    Of all the world's religions, Buddhism is one of the most mysterious and most intriguing to many Americans. The books The Dharma Bums, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and even If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!, are all examples of how Buddhist concepts are part of the American cultural landscape.
    Of all the world's religions, Buddhism is one of the most mysterious and most intriguing to many Americans. The books The Dharma Bums, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and even If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!, are all examples of how Buddhist concepts are part of the American cultural landscape.
  • Wednesday's Child

    Chelsey, Airess & Shayna: Hopes Of Summer Fun In A Forever Home

    Chelsey, Airess & Shayna: Hopes Of Summer Fun In A Forever Home

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-07-24 05:00:17 GMT
    For another glance of summertime fun, peer in as we spend some time at Pelican Pier in Long Beach with three pretty little girls! As they go around on the merry-go-round, you may start to think you’re seeing double … but you’re not. Chelsey and Airess (2010) are twins and came dressed alike in pink while younger sister Shayna (2012) came dressed for comfort in baby blue.
    For another glance of summertime fun, peer in as we spend some time at Pelican Pier in Long Beach with three pretty little girls! As they go around on the merry-go-round, you may start to think you’re seeing double … but you’re not. Chelsey and Airess (2010) are twins and came dressed alike in pink while younger sister Shayna (2012) came dressed for comfort in baby blue.
  • Catching Up With LA City Attorney Mike Feuer

    Catching Up With LA City Attorney Mike Feuer

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-21 19:19:39 GMT
    Mike Feuer is the Los Angeles City Attorney. His responsibilities go far beyond prosecuting misdemeanor criminal cases.
    Mike Feuer is the Los Angeles City Attorney. His responsibilities go far beyond prosecuting misdemeanor criminal cases.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices