The stealth problem of homeless veterans

If she’s been a veteran, a woman may have no place to call home, according to this poignant article by Susan Kaplan. That the percentage of homeless female veterans exceeds that of homeless male veterans has caught the military by surprise. We think of institutions like the military as training its soldiers both for war and giving them the discipline for life afterwards (my mother still aspires to make a bed as well as her ex-soldier uncle). But this article suggests that just leaving the safe routine of the military can disrupt some people, especially if they’re leaving the military because trauma has rendered them no longer mentally fit to serve. You get the odd sense that soldiers are like freed prisoners.

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