Homeless Veterans in St. Louis
By Kevin Lavery, KWMU
Federal officials estimate about a quarter of a million of the nation's homeless adults are veterans.
Most served during the Viet Nam War, and some suffer from combat-related conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But for the majority of veterans living on the streets or in shelters, substance abuse, mental illness and the lack of support networks have more to do with their situation than any experience on the battlefield.
In St. Louis, homeless services agencies are using a recently renewed federal grant to try to help nearly 300 veterans find work - and ultimately, their independence. KWMU's Kevin Lavery prepared this report.