60 Minutes featured a story on Stand Down, which is a three day campout that's part job fair, part health clinic, part sobriety meeting. The name is a military term for the time when a solider can put down his weapon and stop fighting. The homeless go for a shot at redemption.
Here are some troubling stats.
- The rate of unemployment for Veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan is approximately 20% - double than the national average.
- There are already more than 9,000 Iraq and Afghanistan vets who are homeless.
- Iraq and Afghanistan vets are ending up on the streets faster than any generation of vets before them.
- For Vietnam vets it would take 8-10 years to end up homeless.
- For these younger vets, experts say it only takes 1.5 years.
I encourage you to take a minute and watch the video and consider joining me in getting involved next year.