Friday, May 25, 2012

Homeless veterans

Memorial day is observed in the United States in commemoration of those members of the armed forces killed in war, but what about the ones who come ‘home’ and have no home. Is veterans day their 'celebration', I’m not sure how to celebrate so many people coming back with PTSD and so many left on the street.

This morning I sat and chatted with one marine who is living on the streets. I met him at a night shelter a while back and we bump into each other from time to time. Last night he slept outdoors, being only in the 80’s it’s not bad compared to Afghanistan. A few nights ago he had a hard night, ended up in hospital; he taught he was back in Kabul.

“the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) estimate that over 67,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness. Only eight percent of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly one-fifth of the homeless population are veterans”.
I don’t often post without photos, but I’m not going to post a photo of this marine, I will sign off and leave you to think about the many many faces of the 67,000

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