Housing Our Heroes: Veterans in Rural America
No veteran who has risked his or her life to protect our homes should return to find that they are not able have one of their own. For their sacrifice, it is of the utmost importance that we ensure our veterans have access safe, affordable, and secure housing. But this imperative can be particularly challenging in rural America.
Of the more than 22 million veterans in the United States, approximately 5.6 million live in rural or small town communities comprising 11 percent of the adult rural population. While 21 percent of the population lives in rural and small town America, one-quarter of the nation’s veterans live in rural communities.