Workers and volunteers on the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium’s Street Outreach Services, (SOS), a mobile medical clinic for homeless San Franciscans, work hard to connect San Francisco’s homeless population to primary care. Shamefully, many homeless people in San Francisco and throughout the country are veterans. Recently, an article in USA Today (1/16/2014) brought national attention to the brutal facts:
As more young veterans of recent wars leave the military, the number of them falling on hard times and homelessness continues to rise sharply. The number of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Wars who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has reached nearly 50,000, triple the level recorded in 2011.