Thursday, November 08, 2007

Study: 1 out of 4 homeless are veterans - Yahoo! News

Here's a dilemma: Die-hard Republicans (or Conservatives) may say let the homeless live without a home; it's not our fault. They can pull themselves up by their bootstraps, just like I did.

But these are the same folks who get all indignant when a liberal doesn't support the troops (forget for a moment that the ultimate in troop support would be to minimize their chances of getting in harm's way by not sending them to wars that are stupid).

So, since 1 in 4 homeless are veterans, what's a guy like Giuliani, Romney, McCain, Paul, Thompson, et al, to do?

Don't you think we ought to at least give them the mental help they need to get back on their feet, and perhaps -- just perhaps -- give them something so that they can afford at least the minimum housing (4 walls, a ceiling, water, sewer, heat)?

That would show some troop support.

Or, is it that they support the troops, but not the former troops. As in, what have you done for me (your country) lately?

Here's some more startling news about our most recent veterans, those who have served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan:
“We’re beginning to see, across the country, the first trickle of this generation of warriors in homeless shelters,” said Phil Landis, chairman of Veterans Village of San Diego, a residence and counseling center. “But we anticipate that it’s going to be a tsunami.”
Well, we know how unprepared this country is for natural disasters (as well as unnatural disasters)!

You're on your own, soldiers!

Study: 1 out of 4 homeless are veterans - Yahoo! News
NY Times