The challenges facing military veterans who return to civilian life in the United States are persistent and well documented. But for all the political outcry and attempts to improve military members' readjustments, veterans of all service eras face formidable obstacles related to mental health, substance abuse, employment, and -- most damningly -- homelessness. Homelessness Among U.S. Veterans synthesizes the new glut of research on veteran homelessness -- geographic trends, root causes, effective and ineffective interventions to mitigate it -- in a format that provides a needed reference as this public health fight continues to be fought. Codifying the data and research from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) campaign to end veteran homelessness, psychologist Jack Tsai links disparate lines of research to produce an advanced and elegant resource on a defining social issue of our time.
Contributors Foreword Philip Mangano 1. Introduction and History of Veteran Homelessness Jack Tsai 2. Epidemiology of Homelessness Among Veterans Emily Brignone, Jamison Fargo, and Dennis Culhane 3. Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders Among Homeless Veterans Sonya Gabrielian, Ashton Gores, Lillian Gelberg, and Jack Tsai 4. Primary Care for Homeless Veterans Thomas P. O'Toole 5. Supported Housing: Twenty-Five Years of the Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs (HUD-VAS) Program Maria O'Connell and Robert A. Rosenheck 6. Criminal Justice Issues among Homeless Veterans Jessica Blue-Howells, Christine Timko, Sean Clark, and Andrea K. Finlay 7. Homelessness and Money Management in Military Veterans Eric Elbogen 8. Unique Considerations for Homeless Female Veterans Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, Thomas H. Byrne, and Melissa E. Dichter 9. Homeless Risk among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Steve Metraux and R. Tyson Smith 10. Aging and Mortality in Homeless Veterans John A. Schinka and Thomas H. Byrne 11. Homeless Veterans and Use of Information Technology Keith McInnes and Sarah L. Cutrona Index
Jack Tsai, Ph.D., is a VA psychologist, associate professor of psychiatry at Yale University, and a leading researcher on homelessness. Dr. Tsai has focused on addressing veteran homelessness for over a decade. He has worked closely with colleagues at the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans to understand and develop innovative approaches to veteran homelessness.