On my last day working with Grassroots Campaigns I was fortunate enough to meet and talk to the kindest elderly man I have ever met. I also, unfortunately, saw repeatedly a homeless veteran dehumanized. This man must have asked seventy-five different people if they could spare some change, in a span of only thirty minutes. Many people ignored him, others lied and told him they’d be back with change, a few begrudgingly gave a quarter or two, and about five people gave him a few dollars.
As I watched people pass this man by, I thought to myself, ” What’s happened to America?” This man fought to protect our rights and people turn their noses up to him and pretend he doesn’t exist. People don’t look at him as a protector of rights though, they see him as a blemish. A blemish on their perfect little world that they try to get rid of by any means they see fit. It’s utterly disgusting that people are willing to send troops over seas or how they are willing to protest to have these troops come home but when the troops finally get here they ignore them.
We build monuments for the soldiers that have given their life’s to protect our rights and we set up laws to protect the homes of soldiers but why can’t we set up more things to help keep our veterans off the street. It’s terrible, the percentage of veterans that come home and eventually become homeless. They suffer from PTSD, manic depression, and many other social and mental disorders that come along with going to war. These disorders may ultimately leads veterans to being homeless.
It’s time we stand up for our veterans. It’s time we do something because 1 out of every 4 homeless people is a veteran and that’s just unacceptable.