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MedicMama
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Posted on Thu, Jan 26, 2006 10:09

Thank God for men and women who devote their lives to the common good, who seek to serve a higher power and something larger than themselves. However, when I hear the statistics of homeless people and find out that 40% of homeless people are VETERANS? It co mes to mind that what are we doing to help them? How are engaging their survival skills and properly transitioning them back into the civilian society? What is our goverment doing to assist, other than creating another social program that needs more funding....Our gov't is not doing enough to AID our Veterans in the transition for military to civilian...deprogramming... It is my belief from having gone thru that transition myself, that employers that haven't served in the military, don't seek military vets, and those that have served find out that our veterans are difficult to deal with and have emotional and physical baggage that they carry. "DOC" say's don't expect anything from our civilian community....Use your survival skills to your benefit but always REACH OUT to your fellow VETS. We are the only ones that understand what your going through and what you will go through. Don't expect the VAMC Hospitals to understand, in most cases, they've learned through what they've read and have NO first hand experience. No one can take care of you better than you, but KNOW when you need HELP. I call it the "CRACKING POINT". Some cases you will know it, other cases people will tell you and "DOC" says you should listen. Please if your a VET and you have the means to employ a Veteran, than do it....A word to the wise, if your a VET and you expect people to give you a job, it won't happen....You have to want it, hunger it, and go after it. Don't forget where you came from. DOC


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melody_yesterday
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Posted on Fri, Apr 21, 2006 19:32

columbia missouri is a really big hospital /college town - the harry s truman memorial hospital/clinic is there & sadly (very sadly) you can't drive thru town & not see vets holding signs like : "will work for food" this is a shame ! i'm sorry but it is ! & to make matters worse - my spouse since 1985 but not in the home since 1995 is a disabled vietnam vet & when i wanted to take the guy home with us because we had so much to do on an old house we bought to renovate the answer was : "NO WAY"! does that sound like brotherly love to you ? he said alot of the vets 1. don't want to be at home 2. don't get benifits because they have to have an add ress 3. feel safer & better off on the streets ! I don't know how true any of that is (not that the old man would ever dare lie to me ! LOL) but in a way it sounds right ! is it true or not ? what's everyone elses take on it ??? great topic !


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