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Here's how many homeless veterans are in the U.S. according to HUD

From: Metro US

By: Lenyon Whitaker

There are approximately 554,000 people experiencing homelessness in the United States according to a 2017 report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2017, but how many of those people are homeless veterans?

After several people posted photos and video of themselves burning their Nike gear to protest against the company making Kaepernick the face of their latest “Just Do It” campaign, Supporters of Kaepernick and Nike began to question the rationale of those setting fire to sneakers and clothing , saying they should donate them to the homeless and more specifically homeless veterans.

“If you’re burning your Nikes to “support veterans” instead of GIVING them to homeless veterans whose health care Trump degraded, then maybe it’s time to question what you’re REALLY so upset about, musician Mikel Jollett tweeted. 

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were 40,056 homeless veterans living in the U.S. in a single night in January 2017, which was a little more than nine percent of all homeless adults. The study shows that three out of five homeless military veterans were housed in emergency shelters or transitional housing facilities, while two out of five were living in places "not suitable for human habitation." 

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