The federal government has an estimate of how many of Canada’s homeless are veterans.
A study by Employment and Social Development Canada that was completed in March, 2015 estimates that 2,250 former soldiers use shelters on regular basis.
That amounts to around 2.7 per cent of the total homeless population using temporary lodging.
The average age of homeless veterans is 52, compared with 37 in the general population.
Many ex-soldiers say alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health issues as primary reasons for their circumstances.
Canada’s top military commander, General Jonathan Vance, finds the numbers shocking.
He says National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada need to focus more on veterans when they transition from a life in uniform to becoming a civilian.
The study, which was released to The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, comes from a database that tracks 60 emergency shelters across the country.