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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Unknown Soldier Could be Homeless

This comic is definitely food for thought.   This is so sadly true.  A very large percentage of homeless across our country are in fact Veterans that we owe a great deal to.  We owe more than a life on the street wondering if they'll survive a cold night or extreme summer temperatures and dehydration.  And while some headway is being made thanks to our First Lady Michele Obama's Major's programs, 
to house the homeless Veterans, much work is still needed.

Posts you might have missed discussing the homeless Veterans problems
Marine Corp Jerry's Freezing Death
Or Marine Murdough's sad Death here

Clearly show that.

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  1. All of the homeless touch my heart, but these are the ones that really touch my soul. The men who gave so much for all of us and our country, and ask for and receive so little in return. Part of the reason is that my husband was a VietNam Vet and so I know first hand what a poor reception those men received on their return home after their time served, so many of these men had no one waiting for them when they returned.We should really be ashamed of ourselves for the treatment that our vets have gotten for all they have given, and the idea that any of these brave men are now living under a bridge, begging on the streets or struggling to survive in the richest country in the world that they fought to protect is just unbelievable to me.GOD BLESS OUR BRAVE VETERANS, AND GOD BLESS THE HOMELESS. marj in minnesota

    1. Am so with you Marj. Thank you for your visit and very thoughtful comment.

  2. Those that have served in our military should not be homeless. Glad programs are going to make sure that doesn't happen. Those that serve in our military, their families shouldn't be hungry either. I know where we used to live in California (2 moves ago, LOL) the church we went to would provide food for the soldiers' families stationed at Camp Pendleton there because they often couldn't afford food on what the government was paying them. We need to better take care of those that serve our contry and protect our freedom.


    1. Nice to know the church did that, I wonder if other locations have that help? But, it shouldn't be needed, our military families shouldn't have to rely on others because they're not given enough. I do hope we've improved a few steps.

  3. I do feel very sorry for the homeless, but especially the Vets. They gave so much and most of the people don't give back to them. I know when I took my friend to the VA clinics, I would see men there who sure looked like they didn't have much.

    1. Sadly that is very true Sue, we will keep doing what we can physically with our talents and keep spreading the word and hope for the best with the new program initiatives.

  4. A homeless Veteran? In this country? Disgraceful! I don’t understand it, I really don’t.
    I wonder why there is not a program in place which transitions those who served back into civilian life. It should not just be a handshake and a good luck at the end of their term.

  5. It is such a shame that the veterans are treated so poorly. I thought the Vietnam vets were overlooked but my dad told me that after WW2 he first fought the Germans and then he had to fight the people here at home because they thought of them as derelicts. These men (and women) have confronted death on a daily basis and have seen things no person should have seen and that includes the civilians who have been through the war(like my mom). They can no longer cope so they end up on the streets. I remember back in 1982, I went on a class trip to Washington DC and we were actually at the opening of the Vietnam War Memorial. Now only me and one of other person wanted to stay while the other kids wanted to go shopping. I walked over and saw these bums (as they were/are called) sitting on the side and they were Vietnam Vets. I was staring at them because I wanted to ask them about what they went through and that I felt bad for them but the one just said "What are you staring at kid?" and of course that made me lose my nerve. I shall never forget them and when i offered .50 cents they told me to shove it-hahahaaa. I was to young, blond and naive for them-they had seen too much

    1. Thank you for sharing that. Being that for the opening had to be a very impressive memory.

  6. Oh and a week or so ago (can't remember) I shared that my hubby lived on the streets for a bit. he gave me the go-ahead to share his story. would you like me to e-mail it to you or how does that work and I don't know how to e-mail you:)

    1. yes emailing me would be assume sandycrochet@gmail.com, thank you

  7. Hi. I've come here through A-to-Z road trip.
    My hobbies include crocheting and knitting, and I'm wondering if I can be of help. I've just emailed you through the contact form. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

    Letters from the Land of Cherry Blossoms

    1. Thank you for the visit and yes......we'd love to have your help. Every item we donate has a tab here on the blog with lots of information, let me know if you have any questions and I'll hop over to your blog.

  8. How sadly true. I'm not sure Canada takes care of their veterans any better :(
    Brandy from Brandy's Bustlings

    1. Interesting to learn how it is there in Canada Brandy

  9. your post is definitely thought-provoking. i agree that often we forget those people who need most of our help in the streets.. you have such a noble calling Sandy.. may God bless you and your team. if anything i can help on the promotion, i would gladly assist. :)

    1. Thank you SweetBraveHeart for the visit and supportive comment, appreciate you're willingness to help promote.


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