This is horrible… a shameful disgrace.
In a nation of ready abundance, where government is perfectly willing to handle everything for us, it’s absolutely unacceptable that there are homeless veterans living on the streets. An estimated 58,000 vets will spend this Christmas, while we are home, safe and warm and well fed, shivering on the streets. These men and women put their lives on the line in support of their country and this is how they are repaid?
Sure we all salute the flag, we want to support and honor our troops. So we cheer our armed forces at sporting events or post supportive messages on holidays. But that’s not nearly enough.
Taking care of homeless vets is something the government can and should be doing, instead of messing with things (healthcare) that aren’t all that broken. Focus on finding homes and taking care of these men and women who have offered their time and talents to their country and have the expectation of care once that service is done.
Homeless vets have served in wars from WWII onward.
The thing that will really get you is that the flags still fly in the homeless camps, these vets continue to love their country. In spite of everything. They make up almost one-quarter of America’s homeless, with about 40% either of black or Hispanic origin. This number is much higher than the numbers of blacks or Hispanics who serve.
Why? Lack of affordable homes, low pensions and not all vets are trained in ways that can help them get jobs when they return to civilian life. As you might imagine, many suffer post traumatic stress disorder that can fuel addiction to drink or drugs. While progress is being made, until every veteran has shelter, food and the care they need. It’s the least we can do.
In this season of giving, while you’re enjoying your freedom, your home and all you have, think about those who gave of themselves so you could do so. Then go to va.gov/homeless to see what you can do to help vets living on the streets. If you know a vet at risk, call to be connected 24/7 with Veterans Affairs services at 877-4AID-VET (424-3838).