In a VA Guest Post dated November 17, 2014, Chris Marvin wrote:
“What assumptions do you make when you encounter a homeless person?
According to a recent survey, when shown a photo of a man that appears to be homeless, one third of respondents label him as having a mental health issue. Nearly one-in-five believe that he has a criminal past. And, the second most popular response — after the 87-percent of people who identify the man as homeless—almost half of respondents label the homeless-looking person as a military Veteran.” He continues to spell out the split in how Americans perceive our veterans and how the majority 70 percent of people believe our returning veterans have a positive impact on our country’s economy and 63 percent of people agree that military service provides post-9/11 veterans with skills and trying that make them successful and positive contributors to their communities.