Increasing number of veterans homeless, on aid

Tuesday - 7/26/2011, 8:40am EDT

The number of homeless veterans has exploded in recent years. New figures from the Department of Veterans Affairs show that more than 10,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are homeless or are in programs designed to keep them from becoming homeless. USA Today reports that number has doubled three times since 2006. The VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are spending more than $46 million to expand a voucher program to provide housing for veterans. And, VA officials are scheduled to announce today another $60 million for grants to veterans with families who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.

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