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One in three homeless adults has served in the military, and more than 150,000 veterans nationwide are homeless on any given night, according to the Veterans Administration.
Originally posted by stevegmu
reply to post by Emerald The Paradigm
You are just way off here. Walmart and McDonalds had absolutely nothing to do with the wars. They weren't illegal wars, either. Show me a UN resolution saying they are. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had nothing to do with the economic downturn. If anything, they got us out of the 2001 recession.
Telling the troops they are pawns for corporations is certainly no way to support them, either.
The VA works with a variety of federal agencies and veterans organizations not only to mitigate and eliminate homelessness but toward a goal of preventing its occurrence in the first place. The VA’s goal is to have a “no wrong door" phenomena, meaning veterans who seek assistance should find it either in VA internal programs, from community partners or through contract services.
In terms of dollars and number of veterans served, the VA has the largest integrated network of homeless assistance programs in the nation. In fiscal year (FY) 2009, the VA expected to spend $2.8 billion to provide health care and specialized homeless programs, with an anticipated $400 million increase in the budget for FY 2010. VA social workers and clinicians work with community- and faith-based partners to conduct extensive outreach programs, clinical assessments, medical treatments, alcohol and drug abuse counseling, and employment assistance.
HUD published the FY 2009 Continuum of Care (CoC) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Homeless Assistance Grants. The FY 2009 CoC NOFA announces approximately $1.43 billion in funding available for homeless assistance grants across the country. Applications are due November 9.
"We are going to take (the) 131,000 homeless Veterans off the streets over the next five years . . . To do this well, we will have to attack the entire downward spiral that ends in homelessness – we must offer education, jobs, treat depression, fight substance abuse and offer safe housing. We have to do it all – no missed opportunities in going from 131,000 to zero and keeping it there . . ." – VA Secretary Shinseki's remarks to VFW
As of 2008, Stand Down House reported that 93 percent of its eligible residents found work and 84 percent of graduates went on to live independently.
Senate approves Iraq war resolution
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In a major victory for the White House, the Senate early Friday voted 77-23 to authorize President Bush to attack Iraq if Saddam Hussein refuses to give up weapons of mass destruction as required by U.N. resolutions.
Hours earlier, the House approved an identical resolution, 296-133.
Congress approves resolution authorizing force
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Congress overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday authorizing President Bush to use force against those responsible for Tuesday's terrorist attacks, the same day it unanimously approved a $40 billion emergency spending package.
Originally posted by midnightbrigade
Absolutely the government cares about them. So much so that if a soldier is on leave and breaks a leg riding an ATV, they can be court martialed for destroying government property.
Originally posted by Zosynspiracy
There are no heros in a war. Anyone who thinks such a thing is a moron who understands nothing of war and has never been in combat. There is no glory in war, there is no honor in war. One day if humanity manages to keep itself alive will look back on its existence and shake their head for the way they've lived on planet Earth. Words can't even describe how evil humanity is. But people always love to point out how great humanity is. Well so what are we left with? A species that simply exists, where good cancels out the bad? Haha what a joke! Just like war.