posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 09:35 AM
Veterans from the war in Iraq are starting to appear in homeless shelters nationwide. Advocates fear this to be the beginnings of a new generation of
homeless vets not seen since the after the war in Vietnam. Estimates by the Homeless Veterans coalition are that on any given night nearly 300,000
veterans are homeless, and about 25% of all homeless Americans are veterans.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI)- Arellano said he felt pushed out of the military too quickly after getting back from Iraq without medical attention he
needed for his hand -- and as he would later learn, his mind.
"It was more of a rush. They put us in a warehouse for a while. They treated us like cattle," Arellano said about how the military treated him on
his return to the United States.
"It is all about numbers. Instead of getting quality care, they were trying to get everybody demobilized during a certain time frame. If you had a
problem, they said, 'Let the (Department of Veterans Affairs) take care of it.'"
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Stories like this are easily passed over, but should not be as they serve as a grim reminder of war's far reaching effects back in our homeland.
Please read full source article. It continues on to describe how Arellano had to face the horror of killing unarmed civilians, and how he and many
others had real trouble with it.
What I don't understand is how a country that would send you off to war, get you shot, killed or wounded for questionable reasons to begin with, can
then leave you without a home to at least live the rest of your days in some kind of peace. Can you imagine the feelings of people who have just been
through the horrors of a battlefield, sitting in a homeless shelter back in the USA? I mean MY GOD. Can you really blame them for the utter resentment
they must feel towards the nonchalant passer-by? I am sorry, but this hurts me. Deep. But nowhere near as deep as it hurts them.
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[edit on 9-12-2004 by TrueAmerican]