Recent studies by national think tanks studying Americas homeless, have uncovered a jaw dropping statistic, that more than 60% of the homeless nationwide are veterans of our armed forces.
When our youngest and bravest go through boot camp they have drummed into them again and again and again “WE NEVER LEAVE A MAN BEHIND” In the middle of battle when a man goes down wounded or even dead someone does their best to bring him home for burial or get him to medical help asap.
Some of the greatest stories of honor and valor to ever come out of the wars we have ever been in are built around stories of our heroes going back for a friend, running into bullets to save a comrade and they all say “ONCE A MARINE ALWAYS A MARINE” every branch of the service has a similar credo and to a great extent they really do live by it. Then they come home, and sure they stick together as best they can, but sometimes ptsd can make it hard to see another soldier from their service because it brings back the memories and the nightmares follow. Eventually no matter how hard they try, bonds made in the heat of battle despite their best efforts suffer and sometimes break.
Then a few years later a homeless man looks familiar, but you shrug the thought off as you rush from your job because he wasn’t carrying an automatic weapon he was pushing a shopping cart an you could smell him from a block away. Well next time you look, look close look for the eagle globe and anchor, or the cross parachutes or rifles, because he is the same guy you swore you’d never forget and marine he needs you now more than he ever did in country. Remember the meaning of Semper fidelis or what ever motto your branch of service cries out and offer them a hand up remember you said forever.