Homeless Vietnam Veterans Outnumber Vietnam Deaths

homeless vets logo  The US Department of Veterans Affairs – Homeless Veterans

The VA tells us this in their Homeless Overview:

“Right now, the number of homeless male and female Vietnam era veterans is greater than the number of service persons who died during that war — and a small number of Desert Storm veterans are also appearing in the homeless population.”

According to the overview, of the more than 200,000 homeless veterans, most are men, about 3 % are women,  About 45% are mentally ill and more than 70% have alcohol or other substance abuse problems, many with all these problems.   Up to 400,000 Vietnam era veterans go homeless for some period of time in any given year.  My own research shows that veterans are about 4 times as likely to be homeless as the general population.   The statistics imply a connection and our veterans are the worse for it.

More than half, 56% are African American or Hispanic

This lack of compassion and respect for our Heroes is a disgrace to our country.  There is no excuse for the nation’s Heroes to be sleeping on the street.  None whatsoever.  Whatever is being done is not good enough.   These people that risked their lives for our country did not do so in hopes of a lifetime of coddling.  Many will tell you that they don’t expect special treatment.  In my opinion, it doesn’t matter.  In my opinion, if we put them at risk to protect our country, they deserve special treatment.  Many of these men and women did risk their lives and I am forever grateful for it. 

I can’t sit by and say “Support our Troops” without also saying “Support our Veterans.

 Our HEROEs are out there too 

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3 responses to “Homeless Vietnam Veterans Outnumber Vietnam Deaths

  1. Pingback: Remembering Vietnam | vietnam veterans

  2. It sickens me, this treatment of our vets. They DO deserve special treartment whether they ask for it or not, and agree with your statements. and it angers me that many of the injuries that made many sick and unable to work were directly caused by the government using dangerous chemicals such as agent orange in the Vietnam war. They should not have to be on the streets ever. God bless our veterans.

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