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Write a 700- to 1,050-word proposal that addresses the following questions:

  • Describe the selected issue, opportunity, or problem facing the organization.
  • Discuss the significance, scope, magnitude, and feasibility of finding a solution to the issue, opportunity, or problem.
  • Justify why the chosen issue, opportunity, or problem facing the organization is important to be researched and whether it can be solved with business research.

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Preparing to Conduct Business Research: Part I Issue of Homeless Veterans

Shadawn Gill-Mayer, Rebekah J. Miller, Andrea Simms, Tyseaia Squirewell, David Williams

RES 351

September 30, 2015

Jonte Lee














Preparing to Conduct Business Research: Part I Issue of Homeless Veterans

President Barack Obama announced in August of 2014 “we’re not going to rest until every Veteran who has fought for America has a home in America (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014, para. 1)”.  Veteran homelessness has been an issue facing America for years, and the significance and feasibility of finding a solution is deemed high by several organizations; however, so is the scope and magnitude of such research efforts and plan implementation.  Statistics and current efforts among organizations to combat Veteran homelessness aid in the justification for its continued research into root causes and possible solutions.

Issue of Homeless Veterans

             According to several sources, homeless Veterans is a significant issue across the nation, and specifically the White House and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs collectively issued a plan in 2010 in conjunction with partners nationwide to end Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014; The White House Briefing Room, 2014; Chen, 2014).   As of 2014, the number of Veterans is estimated at 22.5 million with more than 300,000 Veterans living on the streets or in shelters on any given night (Veterans Inc., 2015).  In addition, Veterans Inc. (2015) reported through the Homeless Research Institute that Veterans make up 26 percent of the total homeless population and that Veterans are twice as likely as other Americans to become chronically homeless.  Despite Veteran homelessness decreasing 33 percent since the program’s inception in 2010 (The White House Briefing Room, 2014), the statistics reported show that Veteran homelessness is still an epidemic problem.

Solution Significance, Scope, Magnitude, and Feasibility

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs states, “the reality of no Veteran living unsheltered is something we can and will achieve (para. 6)”; therefore, solution feasibility is far from out of reach.  However, the scope and magnitude of reaching such a solution will require continued vigilance in identifying homeless Veterans and research into root causes.  Currently, there are programs and medical services available for Veterans, to include health care, housing solutions, and job training. In addition, Veterans Affairs partners with city governments and mayors on targeted efforts to end Veteran homelessness through such initiatives at the 25 Cities Initiative and the Mayors Challenge as well as the with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing assistance and supportive services (The White House Briefing Room, 2014; Chen, 2014).  However, delving into answering why are Veterans homeless cannot be ignored and a key to finding a solution(s).  The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (2014) point out that in addition to the complex set of factors influencing homelessness, the shortage of affordable housing, livable income, health care access, and effects of disorders and substance abuse from serving add to the complexity of solving the issue.  Based on the above information, the mere scope and magnitude of the efforts required to reach the ultimate goal of no homeless Veteran is quite significant and detailed.

Importance of Business Research to the Issue

All of the information provided thus far directly supports the need for continued research and justifies its importance to combating the root causes leading to homelessness within the Veteran community.  To date, research shows programs can and have worked form employment and training programs to heal and wellness programs, as reported by Veterans Inc. (2014).  The U.S. Veterans Affairs only reaches 40 percent of those in need, leaving approximately 400,000 Veterans without supportive services and female Veteran rates are on the rise for both suicide and homelessness (Chen, 2014).  Despite the steady progress and efforts by the varying programs and locations reporting success rates, there are still many unanswered questions as to why Veteran homelessness remains an issue in other arenas, such as with the statistics above.


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2014) notes a systemic end to Veteran homelessness will be achieved when “there are no Veterans sleeping on the streets (para. 5)” and “no more than 12,500 Veterans (para. 5)” in any type of shelter, temporary housing, or awaiting permanent housing. Many partners are committed together to ending homelessness, which is within reach with the proven success of other programs in various parts of the nation, such as with the declaration of Salt Lake City and Phoenix that Veteran homelessness as an issue is over (Chen, 2014).  To continue with the success of other programs and areas in the nation, business research will prove undeniably important to discovering root causes and solutions to the issue.














Chen, K. (2014). What you need to know about America’s homeless veteran problem. Reveal

News from the Center of Investigative Reporting. Retrieved from


National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. (2014). FAQ about homeless veterans. Retrieved

from http://nchv.org

The White House Briefing Room. (2014). Ending veteran homelessness. Retrieved from


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2015). Homeless veterans. Office of Public and

Intergovernmental Affairs. Retrieved from http://www.va.gov

Veterans Inc. (2015). Statistics. Retrieved from http://www.veteransinc.org


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