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

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There are an estimated 19 million veterans living in the United States in 2019.

In honor of Veterans Day, WalletHub conducted a study examining the top 100 U.S. cities for veterans based on veteran-friendliness, livability, job availability and military skill-related jobs, among other criteria.

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BEARDSTOWN — Beardstown City Council is considering building something tiny in hopes of helping homeless or struggling veterans in a big way.

Quincy-based organization 2x4s for HOPE was launched about five years ago to build tiny homes that then are given free to veterans.

Members Billie and Paula Burge will speak Tuesday during the council's committee meeting, giving a presentation on the organization's completed projects in Quincy and Mount Sterling and discussing how Beardstown could move forward with its own 2x4s for HOPE project.

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The Billets in Echo Park, California (Google Maps)

For six years, dozens of homeless veterans have recovered from trauma in nine cottages along a winding residential road in Echo Park. The Billets — military jargon for civilian quarters — has been a model.

The 72-bed program places as much as 70% of its chronically homeless veterans — male and female — in permanent housing, according to Volunteers of America, which operates the program. It's based in a tranquil, leafy and gentrifying neighborhood of families and young professionals a short walk from a doughnut shop, a grocery store and multiple bus lines.

But on Monday, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is closing the Billets for good.

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CAMDEN, N.J. — Johnny Bobbitt, the homeless vet who conspired with a Burlington County couple to spin a feel-good story that captured hearts across the country and raised $400,000 in a GoFundMe campaign, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering Wednesday in federal court in Camden.

Bobbitt, 36, could face from six to 30 months in federal prison for his crime.

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In the city of Savannah, Georgia, an Army veteran and entrepreneur has a plan to end veteran homelessness in his community. It starts with building a village of tiny homes.

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