While some may say that members of the military should live lives of comfort after completing their service, not all veterans are fortunate enough to land on their feet. Take U.S. Navy vet John DeGraff, for example; he once spent 11 years homeless in the woods in Boston. But luckily for DeGraff, an appearance on television would ultimately lead to an offer that he couldn’t refuse.
And, of course, DeGraff is by far the only individual to have been homeless. Indeed, according to Yale University, there are an estimated 150 million people worldwide without anywhere in which to live. Some people see these victims of circumstance as nuisances; others, by contrast, don’t notice the homeless at all, meaning they’re in effect another part of urban scenery. But behind each homeless person is a story, and how that individual came to be living on the streets may surprise you.
Regardless, it’s proven hard to quantify the exact number of homeless people living in the United States – owing, as you may expect, to their not having any fixed abodes. Attempts have been made to pin down a number, however, through efforts such as the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR).