Last month the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that found the number of women veterans that are homeless has grown substantially and the majority are black women.

“As more women serve in the military, the number of women veterans has grown substantially, doubling from 4 percent of all veterans in 1990 to 8 percent, or an estimated 1.8 million today,” Daniel Bertoni, Director of Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues at the GAO, writes in the report. (PDF)

And like their male counterparts, sometimes these women face challenges readjusting to civilian life. According to the report the most at risk are women veterans who have disabling psychological conditions resulting from military sexual trauma and those who are single mothers.

According to the report 45% of homeless veterans they identified were black women, 41% white, 7.6% Latinas, and 1.3% were API. The majority of those homeless are veterans who fought in the Persian Gulf Period or after (8/90-present)—including conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The report makes several recommendations including allocating more funds for outreach to prevent veterans being homeless. The report also makes sets a goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015

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