Veteran crisis as figures reveal 13,000 are homeless

The Ministry of Defence has admitted for the first time that thousands of Britain’s homeless are ex-forces.

The MoD revealed 13,000 veterans are sleeping rough or sofa surfing - a record high figure and charities fear the problem is getting worse every year.

In addition, at least 4,000 veterans are in British jails, says the charity Care After Combat.

Many have dependancy issues and mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

The figures followed a Parliamentary question by Labour MP Gareth Thomas.

Soldiers Off The Streets, which assists homeless veterans, said the youngest person they had supported was 18 and the oldest 97.

A Government spokesman told us: “The MoD and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are working together to ensure anyone who’s served this country has a roof over their head.

“Any veteran who is at risk of homelessness is referred to their local authority for support as they transition out of the military, and will have high-priority access to social housing.”