Our veterans make up 8.9 percent of the US population, but 30 to 40 percent of our homeless! What’s up with that? You would expect maybe 9 or 10 percent of the homeless would be vets. Is this any way to show respect for the heroes among us? The VA reports there are about 200,000 veterans that are homeless at any one time. They admit that twice that many are homeless during any one year. Yet they only fund less than 8000 beds. Forget the recent outrage over living conditions at the VA hospital. I’ll bet that any one of those homeless heroes sleeping in the woods or back alleys tonight would love to be able to get those plush accommodations anytime.
I was unaware of just how many homeless veterans there are in this country until someone representing homeless veterans tweaked my interest and I started checking into it.
Our country, including our leaders, need to step up to the plate. More than 1/3 of the homeless out there are actually veterans. It is apparent to me that if our country can send them to war, then our country/we need to take care that they never end up sleeping in the woods due to not having a place to call home. If the 200,000 veterans without a home tonight were properly cared for, the homeless population would drop dramatically, virtually overnight.
To be sure, it is a complex problem involving traumatic experiences, severe injuries and often-resulting disabilities and mental problems that need to be addressed. But we owe it to them, even if they don’t ask. But many of them do ask but don’t get what they need. Shame on us!
One segment of our population is always crying out for us to Support Our Troops. We need to support them when they get back too, no matter which side we are on the Iraq issues before us.
Heroes don’t deserve to be treated like this
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