Subject: Homeless, Mark McCann, A Veteran
Date: Monday, July 14, 2003 9:52 AM

I am in limbo right now between a place to live and the streets (I won't go to a dom or into a shelter) but I want to get as many people as mad as possible. Citizens should be upset by these numbers, et cetera. Also, please check out the difference between the "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents" 2002 edition and the 2003 edition in regards to the "Federal Jobs for Veterans."

The new edition states "[V]eterans enjoy many advantages in applying for federal jobs, but they are not guaranteed a position." This is a VERY different tone than the 2002 edition. Here are some numbers I have collected on the internet
- the internet is my only stable home right now. I am doing this from the library.

Veteran Population
* In the 2000 Census, there were 26.4 million living civilian veterans, a six-percent decrease from the 1990 population of 28.1 million. This was 13 percent of the population aged 18 and over, and nine percent of the total population.

Disabled Veterans
* In 2000, there were 2.3 million veterans receiving benefits for service-related disabilities.
* About one-third of homeless males in the United States, and 23 percent of the total homeless population, have served in the military. The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) estimates that 275,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, and over 500,000 veterans are homeless during a year.

2,087,000     service connected vets     unemployed       % 
1,058,000      <30%                            13,000             2.1
440,000         >30%<60%                  17,000             7.0
356,000         >60%                            11,000           12.4
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Division of Labor Force Statistics
Suite 4675
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001 
URL: http://www.bls.gov/CPS

TABLE 8 FEDERAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT DISTRIBUTION BY
VETERAN STATUS EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES, WORLDWIDE,
SEPT 30, 2000
Breakdown of table data

1,755,689 total federal workers - there is a discrepancy of 47,052

445,282 All veterans 26.1% of total federal workers
239,943 - Vietnam Era Veteran VEV- Retirement eligible
now until - last in 12 years
54% of all vets - VEV (prior May 1975) 
13.66% of total federal workers
77,817 All disabled vets 4.43% of total federal workers 
31,272 +30% disabled 1.78% of total federal workers
18,687 VRA 1.06% of total federal workers

DEPARTMENT of Defense accounts for 53% of all VRA 9,994 total
                                        accounts for 56% of all +30% 17,527 "
DEPARTMENT of VA    accounts for 25% of all VRA    4,708 "
                                        accounts for 23% of all +30%   7,263 "
DOD total 669,442          accounts for 38% of total federal work force 
VA      "    219,301          accounts for 12%  "     "        "        "        "
50% of the total federal work force employs 80% of the VRA and +30%
If the DOD totals include Reserve Component, these employment numbers could be off by one half! 

Percentage of department's work force is VRA or +30% disability

DEPARTMENT of Commerce

NOAA accounts 104 of those         0.7% VRA        132 
                                                       0.8% +30%      263
Federal Trade Commission              0.09% +30% 
              1 worst ttl 1107 emp         0.5% +30%        29
Dept of Human Services                  0.8% VRA         52
                                                       0.4% +30%     276
Dept of Agriculture                          0.15% VRA    106
                                                       0.5% +30%    570
National Labor Relations Board       0.2% +30%        4
Small Business Admin 1.                  0.0% +30%      42
Imm and Naturalization 10.              0.0% +30%  3469 
1 best
Office of Personnel Management     0.2% VRA          9 
                                                      1.3% +30%       49
MSPB                                           0.5% +30% & VRA 1 each
only 15 Vets out of 33 who are VEV, VRA or disabled Vet 
US Geologic Survey                      0.47% +30%     48
this agency was truly created by a +30% disabled vet
- John Wesley Powell - he lost an arm in the Civil
War & yet it's the smallest % in the Dept of Interior

Some vets categories maybe counted twice i.e. VEV may also be a +30% vet. These total counts do not add up.  Additionally Army/Air Force National Guard are not counted in totals because these are State assets while Reserves are federal assets.