Two Percent of Missouri Veterans are Homeless

WASHINGTON - A new report says that military veterans are just 11 percent of the U.S. adult population but account for 25 percent of the homeless people.

The study by the Alliance to End Homelessness is based on figures from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Census Bureau.

The report estimates that just over two percent of Missouri veterans were homeless, based on figures from 2005.

The VA spends about $265 million a year on programs for homeless veterans and about $1.5 billion a year on their health care costs.

The VA says 45 percent of participants in its homeless programs have a dianosable mental illness and more than three out of four have a substance-abuse problem.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)