Veteran Homelessness Essay

2792 words - 12 pages

Today the U.S is an international symbol of wealth and power, it has the largest GDP Gross domestic product in the world and the strongest military. The military, through the use of War, has been instrumental in the protection and development of U.S interests. Beginning with the Revolutionary War, which established the United states as a nation, the military helped and protected U.S. interests around the world. From World War II, which set up the U.S as one of the world super powers. During all these wars the American soldier has proudly served their country. Because of these wars America is famous throughout the world for military power and its protection of freedom in the world. Yet even America falls prey to a social ill that plagues every society; that of the homeless of its citizens. Shamefully of those homeless 23% are veterans.( http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/veterans.html)
http://nchv.org/index.php/news/media/background_and_statistics/

These soldiers gave of themselves for their country and now annually it has reported that more than 500,000 of them experience homelessness (national coalition for home). It is despicalable fact that in the greatest country in the world the men and women who have represented America in its many wars for freedom, and built up america’s international might, are now sleeping under bridges and looking for a place to sleep at night. ). Just visit a homeless center in one of America’s “Great” cities, and veterans from almost every major American conflict can be found. This is not a new problem in the America. Homelessness among American veterans has been around since colonial times, ((after the revolutionary war, ((New York City Mayor Richard Varick stated in 1784, “Vagrants multiply on our hands to an amazing degree” (coalition among vets).)) ). ( One MORE TRANSITION SENTENCE). Among the reasons for the plight of the Veterans homelessness are: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), once known as shell shock. Another noted reason for these Veterans plight is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Lastly, the failure to adjust to civilian life is another reason for Veterans finding themselves in the predicament they find themselves as homeless. It is the hope of this writer to adequately present these ills to the reader in the hope that the reader can understand and maybe take action to help the veterans affected in one way or another.

One of the key forces that contributes to homelessness among veterans is PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD often affects those who have served in the military. Percentage of soldiers that have PTSD ((are 30% in Vietnam 11-20% Iraq and Afghanistan 10% in Gulf war ( how common is ptsd))). Half of veterans with PTSD do not receive the treatment they require (Stripes) and 20% - 50% of those who do receive treatment do not finish it....

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