U.P. Homeless Veteran Summit

Homelessness among veterans is a growing problem through out the Upper Peninsula, and it was the topic of a meeting in Marquette today.

The annual Oscar Johnson VA Medical Center Homeless Veteran Summit was held today.

At issue — working with local veterans’ affairs groups and U.P. communities to help homeless vets in the area.

Brad Nelson of the Oscar Johnson VA Medical Center says the definition of a homeless person isn’t always what you expect.

It’s an individual who lacks fixed, regular and adequate night residence or resides in a public-operated shelter or institution.

The educated guess from the conference is that about 84 Upper Michigan veterans fall into one of those two categories.