And where did this report come from, some far left liberal loon group, as O'Reilly would call them, or some left-wing blog, maybe a left-wing think tank. Wrong, it comes from www.military.com. So what say you Billy?
Back in 2008 when John edwards said there are 200,000 homeless veterans on the street on any given day. Billy called him a liar, a far left loon, a nut, and a few other things. In a Factor interview O'Reilly said this to Ed Schultz:
SCHULTZ: As far as John Edwards is concerned, I think his message is strong and he's got tremendous conviction. But I think he needs a little bit more material than just the "two America" talk. He's got to get --Well now we have a report that confirms what Edwards said, and Billy says nothing, no correction, no retraction, no apology, nothing. In fact, we now have 3 sources that confirm it, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, military.com, and the Alliance to End Homelessness, a public education nonprofit.
O'REILLY: Well, we're still looking for all the veterans sleeping under the bridges, Ed. So if you find anybody, let us know. Because that's all the guy said for the last --
SCHULTZ: Well, they're out there, Bill. Don't kid yourself.
O'REILLY: They may be out there, but there are not many of them out there, OK? So if you know where one is, Ed--
SCHULTZ: Well, actually -- now, wait a minute -- two hundred and five --
O'REILLY: -- Ed -- Ed -- if you know one where -- if you know where there's a veteran sleeping under a bridge, you call me immediately, and we will make sure that man does not do it, is not there.
SCHULTZ: I will do that. I will do that. You have my word on that.
From the military.com article:
WASHINGTON - Veterans make up one in four homeless people in the United States, though they are only 11 percent of the general adult population, according to a report released Nov. 8, 2008. And homelessness is not just a problem among middle-age and elderly veterans. Younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are trickling into shelters and soup kitchens seeking services, treatment or help with finding a job.
The Veterans Affairs Department has identified 1,500 homeless veterans from the current wars and says 400 of them have participated in its programs specifically targeting homelessness. The Alliance to End Homelessness, a public education nonprofit, based the findings of its report on numbers from Veterans Affairs and the Census Bureau. 2005 data estimated that 194,254 homeless people out of 744,313 on any given night were veterans.
In comparison, the VA says that 20 years ago, the estimated number of veterans who were homeless on any given night was 250,000. In all of 2006, the Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that 495,400 veterans were homeless at some point during the year.
The group recommends that 5,000 housing units be created per year for the next five years dedicated to the chronically homeless that would provide permanent housing linked to veterans' support systems. It also recommends funding an additional 20,000 housing vouchers exclusively for homeless veterans, and creating a program that helps bridge the gap between income and rent.
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