About 1.4 million military veterans are at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks and dismal living conditions in overcrowded, substandard housing. And the number of young, homeless veterans is increasing. When banker Mark Doyle returned from deployment as a forensic accountant for the Army in Afghanistan, he was shocked to find that the unemployment rate for young, returning veterans was 25%. With savings and no business plan, Doyle started Rags of Honor to give back to those that have given so much of their lives.
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