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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Support the Troops at War...Forget about them at home.

Veterans make up one in four homeless people in the United States, though they are only 11 percent of the general adult population, according to a report to be released Thursday.

And homelessness is not just a problem among middle-age and elderly veterans. Younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are trickling into shelters and soup kitchens seeking services, treatment or help with finding a job.

The Veterans Affairs Department has identified 1,500 homeless veterans from the current wars and says 400 of them have participated in its programs specifically targeting homelessness.

This is a sad commentary for all of our political leaders who claim that they will stop at nothing to make sure our soldiers have what they need. Oh really? So I guess a roof over their head and a job to come home to is a lot to ask for a soldier who has just risked their life while protecting Halliburtons Oil Fields in Iraq...oops I mean "liberating Iraq" and "spreading democracy."

Just think of the soldiers who are coming home to nothing the next time you see a politician leaping into the arms of a soldier in uniform for the patriotic photo op.


  • The administration isn't exactly supporting them at war either. It's not like troops were given body armor or vehicles that can withstand IED blasts. And let's not forget that the military's civilian leadership is running from their approval of "enhanced interrogation techniques," leaving some uniformed personnel twisting in the wind. Do you think Lynndie England was acting on her own? Do you think it's a coincidence that the same things were happening in Afghanistan and Cuba? Iraq is pretty far away from those places.

    By Blogger Dr. S, At November 8, 2007 5:06 PM  

  • If you want to see what Cuba and Castro have to say about the US and its war in Iraq look at Cuba's official newspaper Web site www.granma.cu.
    It makes for some interesting reading and a different look at what some people think of the American government.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 11, 2007 9:26 PM  

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