A member of the Canadian Armed Forces walks along the rows of grave stones at the National Military Cemetery during Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa. (Photo: Fred Chartrand/CP)Researchers found that veterans who end up homeless tend to be older than non-veterans in the same circumstances and that ex-soldiers are more prone to so-called episodic homelessness — meaning they are individuals with disabling conditions who've been on and off the street three or more times in one year. The average age of homeless veterans is 52, compared with 37 in the general population and many ex-soldiers cite alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health issues as reasons for their circumstances. The country's top military commander, Gen. Jonathan Vance, says it's shocking there would be homelessness among former military and says there will be a determined effort to identify those who need help before they fall through the cracks.
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