For many reasons it is difficult to fully account for the actual number of homeless
(including veterans) in the US. Many sleep in their cars, in the woods, or other
hard to locate areas, and many veterans do not use VA / VA affiliated services.
The difficulty in accurately counting the homeless is compounded by the fact
that the numbers do not include those living with others due to economic need
or in motels due to lack of adequate housing. Furthermore, the definition of
homeless is in itself problematic. For example, some definitions, & therefore
statistics, exclude those who are in prison or jail and those residing in housing
for the homeless. Many of our incarcerated veterans are homeless. There
is not a national database to help track our homeless vet. Most available
statistics don't include the many that are at risk of becoming homeless.