Many Homeless Veterans In Iowa Miss Assistance

Aug 29, 2016

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced an initiative to end veteran homelessness.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with reporter Thomas Nelson about his latest reporting on homelessness within Iowa's veteran population; Mark Brown, an outreach veterans advocate for Willis Dady Prevention and Shelter; and an Iowa veteran who used to be homeless.

They examine why there are still so many veterans who are homeless, as well as what kind of outreach is most effective in providing them shelter, food, healthcare and counseling. 

In the second half of the hour, Meenakshi Gigi Durham talks with Kieffer about her new book, Technosex: Precarious Corporealities, Mediated Sexualities, and the Ethics of Embodied Technics. Durham is a professor of journalism and gender, women's and sexuality studies at the University of Iowa.