Homelessness In Combat Veterans Discharged For Misconduct Studied

Reuters (UK) (8/26, Doyle) reports that a research letter published online Aug. 25 in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that US combat veterans who have seen action in Afghanistan and Iraq and who were separated from military service because of misconduct appear to have an increased likelihood of being homeless.

Researchers arrived at this conclusion after analyzing data on some 448,290 separations from the military of active-duty service members who were deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan and went on later to avail themselves of services offered by the Veterans Health Administration. An expert who had no involvement in the study pointed out that mental health disorders may play both a role in why such veterans were discharged for misconduct and why they are homeless.

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— “Veterans discharged for misconduct have higher risk of homelessness,” Kathryn Doyle, Reuters, August 25, 2015.

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