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Homeless Veterans Essay

1296 words - 5 pages

I.A. "We're supporting our servicemen and women in the field of battle..." These are our president's remarks from a November 6, 2003 speech. "With this act of Congress, no enemy or friend can doubt that America has the resources and the will to see this war through to victory..." And while President Bush recognized the need for an $87 billion dollar military supplement to finance a war on foreign soil, he did not request even a fraction of that amount to support those same servicemen and women who continue to fight battles on American soil after they return. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans website, last accessed February 28, 2004 an estimated 500,000 are not supported because their battle is not recognized. It is fought under bridges, behind streets, and tucked away in dark allies.B. Today, we will examine the problems of homeless veterans; consider the causes behind this regrettable occurrence, and the steps we can take in getting those 500,000 heroes off the streets.C. These people are fighting a war against poor medical care, unpaid benefits, lost jobs, and dysfunctional relationships - all the aftermath of their service to our country. Because of the lack of government follow through with the Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001, Inadequate access to health care and job opportunities, and the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance, abuse veterans are not properly taken care of upon returning home after their service. We as a nation must now support those who have supported us, those who have sacrificed their youth, their health and in some cases their lives.II.A. The Broadcast Interview Source of February 10, 2004 explains that there are currently "460,000 veterans that are forced to sleep on the nation's streets" every night. According to the previously cited National Coalition for Homeless Veterans website, estimated that number of veterans who experience homelessness during an average year ranges from 500,000 to more than 800,000 out of 27 million former servicemen and women.1. Unfortunately, many see fit to leave this problem to shelters and medical facilities which is not a reasonable answer or even possible. Many shelters currently impose restrictions upon those who are allowed access to them; the worst being evictions back to the street.2. While this may prove beneficial to the stable administration of a shelter, it does not present an ample opportunity for recovery from drug and alcohol addictions, post-traumatic stress disorders, and violent tendencies. Many veterans need serious counseling and rehabilitation facilities to phase out their problems over a period of time.The Boston Globe of January 7, 2004 states that "barring the homeless from shelters has long been controversial and pushing people out of a refuge often defeats the efforts of outreach workers. Even if shelters had more money, they don't employ sufficient staff with the medical authorization to treat the...

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