Since When Do We Leave Soldiers Behind ,The Numbers Of Homeless Veterans Grow By The Day

In the time of the crusades the world had 1 million citizens, they believed the world was flat and it took a year by sea in the best ship of the line, something the moors didn’t have so there was no chance of the enemy being slaughtered in the name of god could ever come back to the homeland. Every knight who returned from the holy crusades was given his own duchy a castle and villages to earn taxes from.

In Modern times a soldier of the royal regiments if he fought with honour would move up the promotions, and would by the time he was a brigadier be a knight of the realm,”a sir” and by the time he was a General in charge of entire battalions would retire a lord and his generations would be for ever more “Lords and Ladies”. In my home country of Australia   every soldier returning from world wars 1 &2 was guaranteed the right to a house on a large block with a back yard, a front yard, a garage for service to his country on a zero interest loan. When my brother and brother’s in-law returned from Vietnam they were guaranteed fast tracking into any Government job they wanted, my brother in-law worked until retirement as a high ranking member of the South Australian Fire Brigade. All of these wars the chances of nuclear or chemical (except for ww1) were non- existent,  and  the chances of the enemy Following them   home was nil and we, all except for Vietnam gave ticker tape parades called them heroes  and lay the world at their feet.

 But what do we see in the story below? we see the forgotten warriors, we see homeless vets they serve with valour. These men and women  have the highest of training ,language explosives, weapons computers and instead of utilising their talents by say replacing the inept TSA with returned veterans we  go through the motions of paying lip service to mental health treatment and then one day when they don’t show up for an appointment they don’t look , they don’t worry he’s not AWOL ’s not military anymore he’s home he’s crazy and he’s gone. the VA stats look good, they can say they are curing them quickly but the only thing they are cured from is the hate they feel for the uniform, they are tired of the walls closing in so they swap camp Lejeune for a card board box camp under an over pass somewhere they swap Iraq for central park and they swap dignity and brother hood for barely surviving one day at a time. The republicans judge the democrats for a lot, they point the finger at the assumed ineptness of the current government,but as the child of a military family Mr Obama everything the whining bureaucrats complain of fades in comparison to the fact that you broke the code, You never leave a man behind you never leave a soldier you bring every one home.  When even one warrior who layed his life on the line for us is left with a life less lived, you sir are a disgrace and not until every soldier is brought home every warrior is out from under the bridge and cared for the rest of his life you have no right calling yourself a commander of anything.

 November 8, 2011, 9:56 pm

Study Finds Homeless Veterans Stay Homeless Longer Than Others

By JAMES DAO

Once veterans become homeless, they are likely to remain homeless longer than non-veterans. And they are also more likely to report having serious health problems, according to a new report by an advocacy group, the 100,000 Homes Campaign.

The report is based on surveys conducted over several years with 23,000 homeless people, of which nearly 3,500 were veterans. Officials with the campaign said the surveys were drafted with the intention of finding out more about why veterans are disproportionately represented among the homeless population. (The survey found that while veterans are 9 percent of the total population, they were more than 15 percent of the homeless people surveyed. That is similar to the findings of a recent federal report on homeless veterans.)

They found no clear answers, but came up with some interesting data. Perhaps most significantly, veterans on average reported being homeless for 5.7 years, significantly longer than the 3.9 years reported by non-veterans. And 62 percent of veterans reported having been homeless for two years or longer, compared with half of non-veterans.

National Survey of Homeless Veterans

Read the full report from the 100,000 Homes Campaign.

The report notes that older people tend to be homeless longer — and indeed the survey found that 21 percent of the veterans in its sample were over 60 years old, while only about 9 percent of the non-veterans were over that age. But the report asserted that age alone could not explain why veterans seem to be living on the street or in shelters longer than other people, as researchers found that even after controlling for age, veterans were homeless longer.

Like the federal report from last month, which found that homeless veterans were more likely to have disabilities, the 100,000 Homes report found that homeless veterans in its sample more often reported health problems, including liver or kidney disease, emphysema, tuberculosis, heart disease or hepatitis C.

The survey also found that veterans who had been homeless for 2 years or longer were substantially more likely to have served time in jail or prison, and to have a substance abuse problem, than veterans who had been homeless for less than 2 years.

The survey was conducted by volunteers trained by community organizations or by the campaign itself, which is a project of Community Solutions, a nonprofit group. The year-old campaign has set a goal of working to help communities find permanent housing for 100,000 homeless people by 2013.

Becky Kanis, a 1991 West Point graduate who is the campaign director, said the group is focusing on reducing the time it takes for veterans to receive housing vouchers through the federal government, known as Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing. She said the vouchers have proven effective in reducing veteran homelessness, but that the application process can take months and sometimes nearly a year.

However, two centers of veterans homelessness, New York City and Los Angeles, have managed to shave two months off their processing time by eliminating steps and improving coordination between the various local and federal agencies involved in approving the vouchers, she said. More improvements are expected, she added.

“Two months is a long time when you’re on the street,” Ms. Kanis said

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