War veterans, schoolchildren bear brunt of poverty in US: Analyst

War veterans, schoolchildren bear brunt of poverty in US: Analyst

Sun Jan 18, 2015 4:44AM

An American journalist says poverty and homelessness in the United States are far worse than what the official figures suggest, with war veterans and schoolchildren bearing the brunt of the problem.

“I do believe that we do have a lot of problem need to be cured and taking care of including the fact that one fourth of all of our homeless are veterans, either the Iraq or the Afghanistan or the [Persian] Gulf wars,” university professor and journalist Walter Brasch told Press TV.

“I do think there is a significant number of families living in poverty and number of schoolchildren living in poverty,” he added.

More than half of public school students live in low-income households, according to a new analysis from the Southern Education Foundation, which analyzed data from National Center for Education Statistics. Overall, 51 percent of US schoolchildren came from low-income households and qualified for free or reduced-price lunch in 2013.

“We have to take care of our homeless, we have to take care of the people who don’t have medical assistance, medical care which we are doing a little bit at the time under what we call Obamacare which the Republican conservative Congress despises,” said Brasch.

According to the latest figures on homelessness by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of homeless veterans fell by 24 percent over the past six years.

The government estimates that in total there were 610,040 homeless people in the country in January, a 9 percent drop since 2007.

Experts however believe that the survey underestimates the number of homeless because it is difficult to track people on the streets at any one time.

They believe that other indicators appear to suggest that the number of homeless is actually on the rise in the US.

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