13
Mar
08

131. Presidential Candidates Forget Vets Again

presidents.jpg Dear Friends and Wanderingvets:

After the departure of a certain candidate from running for president, there has been total silence on homeless veterans among the political candidates running for office. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Others are suddenly silent for months regarding Homeless Veterans. Actually no candidates for office are talking about them anymore…

Since then, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. James Peake has announced a miracle of 21% reduction in veteran homelessness due to the fact that World War II and Korean War Veterans have died at a rate of over 1,000 a day. This supposedly reduced the number of homeless veterans by over 40,000. Good Job VA!

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson has stated in the 2007 Annual Homeless Assessment Report presented before Congress that: Homelessness remained level regardless of the fact that there was a 6% increase in population since the last survey.

Last evening on CNN there was over 40,000 foreclosures for February

During this accounting period for 2008 during what is a 90 day count for homelessness. According to the last year survey, at least for the month of February, 1,000 of those people excluding family members will have ended up in emergency shelters. If you add those from apartment evictions that is greater than 12,000 excluding family members. 

I do not understand how Mr. Jackson and HUD can say that Homelessness has stayed level after 26 straight months of record foreclosures and evictions from apartments. The only way the VA can say that Veteran Homelessness reduced was through the mortality rate and not through anything they have accomplished to relieve the statistic otherwise.

Wanderingvet.

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