10 February 2011

Veteran Statistics from BookWorm

Because I can't figure out how to comment on BookWorm's blog, I will have to respond to her questioning of a USA Today article that 'proved' with faulty statistics that 'Veterans more likely to be homeless.' It seems reasonable to be skeptical about all the numbers quoted, and they were taken from a one-night survey more than two years ago. And she points out that it seems likely that the study did not take into account that veterans are predominantly male group, and homeless people are more likely to be men as well, I'm not sure if BookWorm also criticizes the study because in these hard economic times, men are more likely to be unemployed and some of those surely are homeless too. And the numbers are much more likely to be more legitimate for young veterans than for veterans as a whole group. All of which adds up to the conclusion that we need to be skeptical about studies that are reported in the media.

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