A Sampling of Recent Articles
Volunteers pamper homeless veterans
South Jersey: Friday’s “Stand Down,” an annual outreach event, attracted nearly 120 homeless military veterans from around the region. And 250 volunteers helped provide them with assistance. A lot of these people are hurting and they have needs,” said Thomas Weber, chairman of Stand Down of South Jersey Inc. — the organization which helped run the event. “It’s just care for your fellow human beings.”
Those who need help generally suffer from mental health issues, substance abuse and poverty. For many, the issues have become a reality of war. It’s believed that nearly 250,000 veterans are permanently homeless, Weber said. _____________________________________________________
Military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan could lead to more homeless vets
Memphis Tenn: They’ve fought in wars to keep us free and now that they’re home some veterans don’t have a place to lay their head. The guys lined up inside the auditorium at the Veterans Hospital in downtown Memphis are among more than 3,000 veterans in Tennessee who are homeless on any given night. Most suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and some turn to drugs for help. (…)
The problem of homeless vets isn’t expected to get any better. In fact, the hundreds of thousands serving in Iraq it’s expected that the problem will get worse. “Here today we’re seeing those from Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom that are among the homeless that have issues. And, I think the thing I look at and those of us who try to address this issue is how in the heck we can prevent it in the first place,” said John Keys, TN Dir. of Veterans Affairs. _____________________________________________________________
Triad Stand Down aids homeless vets
GREENSBORO — More than 200 homeless veterans were at the North Carolina National Guard Armory in Greensboro, Friday, for the third annual Triad Stand Down. (…)
“We’ve got vets that are 23, 24-years old that are homeless,” said Archie Barrow. “They get back, they’ve got problems and they can’t conform for whatever reason. I think sometimes the family turns their back on them and society turns their back because they have issues.” Barrow says one homeless vet is one too many. ___________________________________________________________
Indiana HVAF of Indiana has been extending a helping hand to veterans and their families who are down on their luck for nearly 15 years. (…) The group says there are as many as 900 homeless veterans in Marion County and more than 3,600 in Indiana, based on estimates by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Event seeks to aid homeless veterans
Akron Ohio: The second annual Summit County Stand Down for Homeless/Displaced Veterans 2007 will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Firestone VFW Post 3383, 690 W. Waterloo Road, Akron. (…) During the first Stand Down last year, 205 (homeless) veterans came out, ranging in age from 23 to 81,
Veterans allowed to `Stand Down’
San Jose Calif: Former Marine Joseph Martinez smiled warmly Sunday as he shoveled gravel out of a gutter at a retreat for homeless veterans in the Santa Cruz Mountains. (…) Over the weekend, (…), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tried to do for him, and nearly 200 other homeless vets, what was not done when they first came home – coordinate medical, legal and other services for those who served.________________________________________________
Homeless military veterans recieved weekend care in NE Phila
Philidelphia Hundreds of homeless military veterans were fed hot meals and given medical exams and cots to sleep on for the weekend “Stand Down” at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia. (…) Some veterans brought their wives and children to the three-day event. “We served about 10 to 15 little kids today,” said Robert Sander, an Army reservist with the 338th Medical Brigade.
Oldtimer’s Comment: Thank God for those who care! The sad thing is that these are 1, 2 or in some cases 3 day events held once a year. Much better than nothing, but very localized and serving only a small fraction of those in need. Much more is needed.
Homelessness among veterans is a much under reported problem. If you look around there are only a few people in this country paying attention. When something is done, it is a piddling little in the face of the problem. 43% of all homeless males are veterans.
Please read this overview of the problem
And if you think this is a recent phenomenon then read this history of abuse.
Our VA is not doing it’s job.