The number of homeless veterans in the US has declined by half in the last decade

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The number of homeless veterans in the United States has declined by just over 50 percent in the last decade, according to government data.

  • The total number of homeless veterans in the U.S. declined from roughly 75,609 in 2009 to 37,085 in 2009, according to data from the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs data, a 51 percent decrease.
  • Speaking to reporters in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Secretary Ben Carson announced that the total number of homeless veterans in the U.S. declined by 2 percent between 2018 and 2019 following a decline of 5 percent from 2017 to 2018.
  • According to the Associated Press, Carson attributed the decline to the success of the Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, which provides vouchers and other services to help homeless veterans find and sustain permanent housing.
  • In 2008, lawmakers injected $75 million into the program to expand the number of available vouchers to 10,000 the following year after President Barack Obama pledged to fully end veteran homelessness by the time he left office.
  • While Obama did not meet that goal, the Associated Press noted in 2017 that homelessness among veterans had been "effectively ended" in Virginia, Connecticut, and Delaware despite rising that year.
  • According to the HUD and VA 2019 data, the number of homeless veterans across the U.S. has been reduced to mere double digits in Arkansas, Delaware, Mississippi, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wyoming.

The FBI is treating the recent shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, as a terrorist attack, several media outlets reported on Sunday.

"We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism," USA Today quoted FBI Agent Rachel Rojas as saying at a news conference.

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WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing "everything" if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a "successful test of great significance."

"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.

"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.

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The three sailors whose lives were cut short by a gunman at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, on Friday "showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil," said base commander Navy Capt. Tim Kinsella.

Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the shooting, the Navy has announced.

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The Pentagon has a credibility problem that is the result of the White House's scorched earth policy against any criticism. As a result, all statements from senior leaders are suspect.

We're beyond the point of defense officials being unable to say for certain whether a dog is a good boy or girl. Now we're at the point where the Pentagon has spent three days trying to knock down a Wall Street Journal story about possible deployments to the Middle East, and they've failed to persuade either the press or Congress.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States was considering deploying up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to thwart any potential Iranian attacks. The story made clear that President Trump could ultimately decide to send a smaller number of service members, but defense officials have become fixated on the number 14,000 as if it were the only option on the table.

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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Gen. David Berger, the US Marine Corps commandant, suggested the concerns surrounding a service members' use of questionable Chinese-owned apps like TikTok should be directed against the military's leadership, rather than the individual troops.

Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."

"That said, I'd give us a 'C-minus' or a 'D' in educating the force on the threat of even technology," Berger said. "Because they view it as two pieces of gear, 'I don't see what the big deal is.'"

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