Street Vets: A Homeless Veteran Documentary Film
Filmmaker Issac Goeckeritz’ powerful documentary examines the epidemic of homelessness among America’s veterans and its underlying causes: trauma, alienation, and invisibility.
In 2011, as many as 67,000 U.S. veterans were homeless on any given night, according to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, about 12% of homeless people are veterans. Contributing reasons include PTSD, brain injury, substance abuse, serious mental illness, and sexual trauma.
Goeckeritz turns the lens on a handful of vets whose diversity and talents shine through their struggles with PTSD, health problems, addiction, and lack of opportunity.
If you see a homeless veteran, consider notifying a local veterans’ group to see if this person can get help. After spending years in the military, some veterans simply don’t know how to adjust to civilian life.
Hopefully one day we won’t have any homeless vets, or homeless people at all.