USAToday reports that the number of homeless veterans or veterans at risk of being homeless has doubled over the last two years, while VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has assured us that the numbers were falling, you know, before the election;
Through the end of September, 26,531 of them were living on the streets, at risk of losing their homes, staying in temporary housing or receiving federal vouchers to pay rent, the Department of Veterans Affairs reports.
That’s up from 10,500 in 2010. The VA says the numbers could be higher because they include only the homeless the department is aware of.
Of course, the VA says it’s because they’re working harder to identify veterans, but, if they were working REALLY hard, the numbers would be falling because they’d be weeding out actual veterans from the number who say they’re veterans. But, I guess working REALLY hard would mean that they’d have to actually work instead of throwing themselves lavish parties and calling it training.
So, where is Shinseki’s resignation? The backlog of claims have grown, the number of homeless has doubled and those were the two things Shinseki said he was going to cure at the DVA. Maybe if he gave all of the homeless black berets, that would cure the problem.