Does the Money Matter? Analyzing the Relationship Between the Change in Veteran Expenditures and the Changes in Veteran Suicide and Homeless Rates

Homelessness and suicide are two issues that plague the U.S. veteran community. This research addresses the funding allocated toward veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the changing veteran homelessness as well as suicide incidences. Previous research has indicated that social programs can benefit veterans at high risk for suicide or homelessness. It is theorized that an increased budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs can create more resources to not only help veterans seeking help at the Department, but also to reach out to more veterans who are not currently seeking assistance with Veterans Affairs.

Analyzing data provided by the Carnegie Foundation, the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and multiple others, a dataset was created to consolidate the information and examine observable relationships. There was no significant relationship between percentage increases in money spent per veteran and percentage changes in veteran homelessness and veteran suicides.

There is no clear evidence that increases in expenditures on veterans will affect the occurrence of veteran suicides and veterans becoming homeless. There are other unknown factors that may influence changes in veteran homelessness and suicide. 

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United States