A-Z Challenge = V=Vets, Vagabond, Vagrant, Vulnerable and Victim
The map above represents cities that have signed onto The Major Challenge to reduce homelessness of Veterans in their communities. Michele Obama spearheaded this program in June of 2014. The programs tracks the Vets in order to know how many there are, whether or not they've found housing and or are still homeless. Reducing the number of Homeless Veterans was a goal of President Obama's since 2009. The data in 2014 indicated Nationally, there was an average of 49,933 homeless Vets in a single night, those numbers are down 14k from 2013, and 33% lower then there were in 2010.
Homeless Vets can be as anyone from WWII forward, though stats indicating Veterans of Vietnam may be the most at risk.
- He was arrested instead of helped. He had a mental illness, he was homeless, he was arrested for sleeping in a stairwell, he was arrested for trespassing. Sadly, it wasn't the first time he had been arrested for similar problems.
- Once arrested his bail was set at $2,500.00, a fee that of course he could not pay, (typically prohibitive bail is set).
- Due to his mental illness, he was incarcerated in a special observation cell that measured 6 x 10. These observation cells are suppose to be monitored once every 15 minutes. His dead body was found 4 hours later. He was dehydrated, died of a heat stroke in a cell that was 100 degrees.
Rest in Peace. His final resting place is Forest Green Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey.
Vagabonds and Vagrants are other words that are used to describe homeless people. The definition for both is a person without means of support, without a permanent address, who moves about. Sad definitions for our Veterans, don't you think! Why are they not properly supported? The next time you hear someone say all homeless are lazy bums, PLEASE tell them they don't know what they're talking about.
If you missed it previously my E post found HERE, was also a story about a homeless Veteran.
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