Please retweet this post about the rising US veterans’ homelessness EPIDEMIC.
With Memorial Day just around the corner (May 26th – this Monday) it is the perfect time to proactively make a united effort to spread the word about a horrible problem in America – and elsewhere in the world: homelessness, addiction, and recovery amongst returning war veterans. I don’t much care, if you support US foreign policy or not, it is of no matter, we are dealing with fellow HUMAN BEINGS that did their job abroad, faced terrifying and traumatic circumstances, and arrive ‘home’ to find they are often still fighting a HIDDEN enemy (oftentimes worse than the one they were sent to protect us from!)
If, like me, you were blissfully unaware how widespread this problem is, then you are forgiven, BUT PLEASE… bury your head no longer! I’m amazed that in a society where MILLIONS will happily vote for their favorite candidate on THE VOICE, THE X FACTOR, AMERICAN IDOL, and other such (dare I say…) trite, ridiculous, commercially-driven drivel, less than a few hundred thousand people are actively spreading the word – let alone actually offering their support and assistance – about this problem.
PLEASE help spread the word and, if you can, make a donation, offer some time, or at the very least read some of these sites to educate yourself and those you know about this problem.
IVAA – returning veterans from Iran and Afghanistan
Channel Four news item
Veterans Village of San Diego
or simply google “homeless veterans” and watch the hundreds of page listings pile up!
I have never been in the armed forces, but I have experienced homelessness, and it is definitely no laughing matter. THAT was traumatic enough for me, I cannot imagine how things must be for these men and women from ALL wars over the past decades. Hide your head IN SHAME, if you must, but rather, do something, anything, to help a FELLOW HUMAN BEING. For more information about what some friends and I are trying to do to help be part of the solution, stay posted to this blog.
Thank you for reading, retweeting, and sharing.
“Together all problems can find solutions.” (Anthony Donnelly)