Homelessness among veterans is probably one of the most challenge statistic in homelessness but why is that? To understand that, you have to understand the cultural differences between most Americans versus those who are a veteran or are currently in our military.
America, today, is very individualistic. A quick walk through New York and you'll feel that vibe as many are only out for themselves. Don't get me wrong, there is pockets of society that are not this way but in the larger fabric of society, most places are with varying degrees of development. This is only becoming more ingrained today with electronics being used to distract people from going through the awkwardness of building social connection in person. The convenience of mobile devices has devolved true human interaction.
When we look at our military, the culture is almost the opposite and it starts with indoctrination. Military members are put into a stressful situation with limited access to electronics and communication to the outside world. Everyone is given the same clothes, haircut, and their first name is no longer used which lays the precedent for what is to come. Then a high amount of stress from a single source is introduced as way of minimizing fighting within the ranks while everyone is training at a constant rate. This stimulation remains fairly high but gradually subsides during training as the indoctrinated are develop cohesion and begin functioning more in a disciplined military manner. Upon graduation from training, friends and family will notice or feel a respectable amount of difference but often struggle with identifying what is really different. What people don't realize is service member is now culturally different. The service member has now developed a communal culture. This culture is strategic as it does extremely well in high conflict situations.
Throughout a military service members time, they continue to develop this culture with others. During highly emotionally traumatic moments, the service member is able to, almost elastically, bounce back to a readiness state so that they can continue to perform. This is usually done through a combination of suppression and discussing matters with their most trusted buddies. Over time, these struggles become more manageable as they are dealing with it all together. Where it changes drastically for the worse is when the trauma still exists at a high level and they depart the military for civilian life.
What I'm about to state may be sensitive to some and intentionally a short description just to provide a surface layer view of the problem. This list is not entirely conclusive and may evolve with time.
Some of these challenges are: