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COMPARISON OF HOMELESS VETERANS
WITH OTHER HOMELESS MEN IN A LARGE
CLINICAL OUTREACH PROGRAM
Richard Tessler, Ph.D., Robert Rosenheck, M.D.,
and Gail Gamache, Ph.D.
This paper compares homeless veterans with homeless nonveterans from
different eras in an effort to better understand the connection between military
service and urban homelessness. Two research questions are addressed based
on interviews with over 4,000 homeless men who enrolled in a national outreach
program for persons suffering from serious mental illness: First, is there
anything unique in the social and personal characteristics of homeless veterans
in the 1990s that would help to explain their relatively high prevalence in the
homeless population, especially among those who were 19 or younger when
the draft ended in 1973? Second, aside from age, are the homeless veterans of
the era of the All-Volunteer Force different from homeless veterans who served
during the era of the military draft? The results replicate many ﬁndings from
research in the 1980s showing that even homeless veterans with psychiatric
Richard Tessler, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts at
Amherst. Robert Rosenheck, M.D., is Director, Northeast Program Evaluation Center
and Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine. Gail
Gamache, Ph.D., is Site Coordinator, Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical
Center, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Northampton, MA.
Address correspondence to Richard Tessler, Ph.D., SADRI W34A Machmer Hall,
University of Massachusetts, 240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003-9278.
2002 Human Sciences Press, Inc.