That's the estimated number of homeless veterans the Veterans Administration counted at its facilities in Chicago, North Chicago, Danville, and Marion, according to a survey carried out last year. The bulk of homeless veterans in the state are located in Chicago, with some 1,400 counted (PDF), but there is also a substantial homeless veteran population living in predominately rural settings. Data from the Danville VA Medical Center estimated (PDF) 291 vets living in such circumstances. The Danville survey notes the area has an unmet need of 20 emergency beds for homeless veterans, 25 transitional housing beds, and 55 permanent beds. The same numbers are 35, 50, and 140, respectively, in Chicago. These are numbers well worth keeping in mind today as we celebrate Veterans Day. The National Coalition of Homeless Veterans offers a series of good ideas about how to prevent homelessness among veterans by ensuring they have access to health care, employment, and housing.