‘Unimaginable number of veterans homeless’

‘Unimaginable number of veterans homeless’


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American  military veterans who have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are  homeless in “almost unimaginable numbers,” says Gordon Duff, senior editor at  Veterans Today.

American  veterans are returning to the United States “where our economy is in total  shambles, where we have massive unemployment in the non-veteran work force,” he  in a phone interview on Saturday.

 “Despite our  lowered unemployment figures, a large percentage of those are people that are no  longer even bothering to look for work because there is no work in the U.S.,” he  added.

The number of  Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are homeless or at risk of losing a roof over  their heads has more than doubled in the past two years, according to government  data.

 Through the end  of September, 26,531 of the veterans were living on the streets, at risk of  losing their homes, staying in temporary housing or receiving federal vouchers  to pay rent, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports. That’s up from  10,500 in 2010. The VA says the numbers could be higher because they include  only the homeless the department is aware of.

 

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12 Responses to "‘Unimaginable number of veterans homeless’"

  1. LC  January 1, 2013 at 7:41 am

    RE: “John McCain’s youngest son checking into Marine Corps boot camp” ???

    above makes little sense. the senator is in no age to have a “real son” of early 20’s!!! May be an adopted son or a grandson??

  2. etominusipi  December 31, 2012 at 7:59 am

    THE CHICKEN HAWKS

    Thanks to Sen. John McCain’s youngest son checking into Marine Corps boot camp, the number of Congress members with enlisted children will skyrocket a whopping 50 percent. McCain’s son Jim joins two other enlisted service members who have a parent in Congress (a few members of the officer corps are children of federal legislators).

    In all, about 1 percent of U.S. representatives and senators have a child in uniform. And the Capitol building is no different from other places where the leadership class in this country gathers — no different from the boardrooms, newsrooms, ivory towers and penthouses of our nation.

    Less than 1 percent of today’s graduates from Ivy League schools go on to serve in the military.

    (august 2006) ****http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=2270473&page=1#.UOG1d3e0OSo

  3. LC  December 31, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Q: What about thousands of armed homeless veterans & their families moving into all government buildings in Washington and staying there until they receive some housing & facilities????

  4. Johng  December 31, 2012 at 5:01 am

    To all the aspiring young men who wish to be soldiers in the U.S. Military, let this article be a lesson, DON’T ENLIST! Look into SECTION 8 WELFARE, get yourself a widescreen TV, sign up for your Medical Marijuana Card and watch the wars on TV. YOU WILL HAVE SHELTER AND FOOD WHILE THE VETERANS GO A “SORROWING”!

  5. duay khwaam nap theuu  December 31, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Oh…

    Lanny Breuer, (Jewish) above-mentioned head the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, was an assistant DA in Manhattan from 1985 to 1989, where he ordinary people involved in ordinary drug cases to PRISON.

  6. duay khwaam nap theuu  December 31, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Vacant Houses Outnumber Homeless People in U.S.
    31 Dec 2011 … There are more than five times as many vacant homes in the U.S. as there are homeless people, according to Amnesty International USA. …
    ***http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/more_vacant_homes_than_homeless_in_us_20111231/

    American Paradox: 18.5 Million Vacant Homes and 3.5 Million …
    1 Jan 2012 … Loha begins: “This is usually one of my favorite times of the year – the holidays are approaching, the aromas of cinnamon, orange and …
    ***http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/287-124/9218-american-paradox-185-million-vacant-homes-and-35-million-homeless

    “Despite the fact that HSBC admitted to laundering billions of dollars for Colombian and Mexican drug cartels (among others) and violating a host of important banking laws (from the Bank Secrecy Act to the Trading With the Enemy Act), Breuer and his Justice Department elected not to pursue criminal prosecutions of the bank, opting instead for a “record” financial settlement of $1.9 billion, which as one analyst noted is about five weeks of income for the bank.”

    “So you might ask, what’s the appropriate financial penalty for a bank in HSBC’s position? Exactly how much money should one extract from a firm that has been shamelessly profiting from business with criminals for years and years? Remember, we’re talking about a company that has admitted to a smorgasbord of serious banking crimes. If you’re the prosecutor, you’ve got this bank by the balls. So how much money should you take?

    “How about all of it? How about every last dollar the bank has made since it started its illegal activity? How about you dive into every bank account of every single executive involved in this mess and take every last bonus dollar they’ve ever earned? Then take their houses, their cars, the paintings they bought at Sotheby’s auctions, the clothes in their closets, the loose change in the jars on their kitchen counters, every last freaking thing. Take it all and don’t think twice. And then throw them in jail.

    “Sound harsh? It does, doesn’t it? The only problem is, that’s exactly what the government does just about every day to ordinary people involved in ordinary drug cases.”

    – Taibbi

    EVERYBODY could have a home.
    Administration of the programs at community or state level, maintenance, upkeep could be paid for by you-know-who as payment for their not having to listen to a 300 pound dude inquiring, “You gon eat yo cornbread?” in new surroundings.

  7. duay khwaam nap theuu  December 31, 2012 at 1:39 am

    “…20,000 disabled and disadvantaged Veterans in Los Angeles live homeless and hungry in back-alley squalor.”

    ***http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/10/04/va-has-no-money-for-homeless-shelter/

  8. Fed Up  December 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Fact-you couldn’t have said it better! Also how about the veterans in the Los Angeles area who can’t even access the VA property because of the rich, selfish and greedy Beverly Hills/Santa Monica/W. Los Angeles residents and business owners who believe veterans presence will devalue their properties?

  9. LC  December 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    WAR MADE EASY: HOW PRESIDENTS & PUNDITS KEEP SPINNING US TO DEATH

    **********http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpXZyhr1Sbg

  10. LC  December 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Hard times generation: homeless kids (CBS 60 Minutes)

    **************http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK_RnxYdrqU

  11. FactversusHype  December 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Flood the country with millions of immigrants, h1b visas taking jobs, illegals coached to come here, get on welfare and breed. All while the country is going trillions in debt, so military contractors/corporations can take over the world for themselves. That is why there is no focus or money for vets. Those vets who know what is happening, who are not homeless, should be doing their part to inform other citizens of the facts, so people cease signing up for false wars and their own demise.

  12. blakehamilton  December 30, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Makes one wonder why do you serve your country when their priorities are not to serve their loyal populace.

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