1. One third of the adult homeless are vets. 2. 70% of these suffer from substance abuse problems. 3. 45% suffer from mental illness. 5. There are an estimated 196,000 homeless vets on any given night. 6. 3-11% of homeless vets are female. 7. The current unemployment rate for vets is 12% while the general population is 9.1%.
The US Goverment states that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the leading cause of homelessness among veterans.
But that’s just part of the story. In honor of Veterans Day, an important event celebrating veterans who write and offer insight—through fiction, memoir and poetry—about what it means to be a soldier in the 21st century. On Nov. 15 at 8PM at the Old Stone House. $5 suggested donation includes wine and refreshments.
Brooklyn Reading Works presents Writing War: Fiction, Memoir and Poetry by Vets curated by Peter Catapano of the New York Times.
Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead and a new memoir Hotels, Hospitals and Jails will be on hand, as well as Maurice Decaul, Matt Gallagher, Philip Klay, Mariette Kalinowski and Roy Scranton
When: Thursday, November 15 at 8PM:
Where: The Old Stone House (336 Third Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, 718-768-9135 or 718-288-4290) site of the very bloody Battle of Brooklyn, the first and largest conflict of the Revolution.