Bogus Factoids – Veterans do have issues but …


WARNING: Bogus factoids ahead.
Veterans getting foodstamps - BOGUS
This image from the Occupy Wall Street FB page claims that “43% of veterans are receiving food stamps”.

Whatever the intent of the message designer, this is just not true, nor anywhere close to being true.

As of May 2012:

>> Unemployment among veterans of all generations is just 7.8% — BETTER than the general population.

>> Unemployment among young veterans (<26 years old) is now 9.5% although it had hit a high of almost 30% not so long ago. Yet even at its worst the impact on veterans was not even half of what this bogus chart depicts.

Tracking veterans and their issues:

>> The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tracks veterans and issues monthly reports such as this: http://tinyurl.com/yb9ht2e

>> The Veterans Administration tracks a wide range of veteran homelessness, health and employment issues: http://tinyurl.com/7bdqxqe

>> Department of Labor tracks veterans issues too: http://www.dol.gov/vets/goldcard.html

Note/FYI: I added Bogus Claims to the image.

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5 responses to “Bogus Factoids – Veterans do have issues but …

  1. George S. Harris

    As always, thanks for your well researched information. I hope people will take a serious look at what you have posted.

  2. Here are some stats I researched for a blog post I did on homelessness on my blog back in 2008 (http://luxuriouschoices.blogspot.com/2008/12/plight-of-homeless-poor.html). Note: the link on my site where the stats come from is no longer accessible, probably because that information is from 1999. I don’t know how many vets are still homeless, but I bet there’s a goodly number.

    “At least one-third of the homeless are mentally ill. Most of the mentally ill homeless have schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder.

    Some have PTSD, such as veterans, especially those who served in Viet Nam. About 45% of homeless veterans suffer from mental illness. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, “…the VA estimates that nearly 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. And nearly 400,000 experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served this country. According to the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Urban Institute, 1999), veterans account for 23% of all homeless people in America.”

    I also bumped into an organization’s site that says “It is estimated that there are currently over 13,000 homeless female Veterans in the United States.” (http://www.finalsaluteinc.org/1.html)

    What I hate about the Occupy movement is that it seems to have become more of a fad at this point or a social status for people who simply enjoy rebellion, no matter what the reason. The original intent was good, and I believe effective. We are all now more aware of who owns this country (i.e. the 1%) which is good, but “occupying” has been beaten to death and is now filled mostly with more people who are less credible. This is why just about everything should be questioned, and if you don’t have the will to question, take claims with a grain of salt.

    I maintain my stance that you have to watch what kind of group you affiliate with, always stay distanced enough so the group doesn’t think for you and, for the love of such-and-such, do NOT base your identity on a group or organization!

  3. Bill, I just went on the VA site and peeked at the link on homelessness among vets. This is what I read: “If you are a Veteran who has lost your home, receive the support you’ve earned to get back on your feet. Contact VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) to speak to a trained VA responder.” Okay, VA, let’s think about this. Assume you are living out of your car. Where’s the laptop and the wifi that will lead you to this site? Or let’s assume you’re homeless and mentally ill. I doubt you’re going to get this information. Finally, why should I trust the VA, no matter how good their intentions? The VA is government run and doesn’t have the greatest reputation for taking care of vets. Now I will say, the grants they give to organizations that help homeless vets are good initiatives, and those grants can help a lot of people. Obviously, though, nonprofits–real ones that aren’t staffed with CEOs making more money than Wall Street gurus–can’t operate on government grants, which means these organization have to spend time and money constantly to fund-raise as well as write grant proposals. I could go on and on about this, ripping through the VA site link by link, but I don’t have time, and you’re probably all happy about that. :)

    • There are problems among veterans. There are some categories of concern where the problem is even greater among veterans.

      As a veteran I’m concerned. I’ve seen these problems devastate some of my brothers in arms.

      However, the claims of the graphic placard were incorrect, grossly BIG Lie incorrect.

  4. Oh you’re right, Bill. I’m not saying that. I just got off track a little because I wanted to find the truth.

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