Posts Tagged ‘Homeless Women Veterans

18
Aug
09

206. 8 to 12 Hugs a Day?

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Dear Friends:

Today August 18th 2009 was a most dysfunctional reality check at the V.A.

One of my close ,old friends who is a long time Wanderingvets supporter and who is also aiding me while I am in North Carolina dealing with my health issues, picked me up this morning and drove me to the VA for a scheduled Compensation and Pension Examination.

Arriving promptly at 9AM for my scheduled appointment, I was surprisingly ushered right in to have my vitals checked, all good there (111/71 BP, 97.9 Temp). I was then whisked right across the hall to where I met a very nice PA-C (Certified Physician Assistant). It was all a roller coaster ride after that. Continue reading ‘206. 8 to 12 Hugs a Day?’

24
Dec
08

188. Home for The Brave Part II

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This is the second in the series of the essay by a “concerned citizen” addressing homeless veterans. Part I can be found here.

Home For The Brave:Part II

The Causes of Veteran Homelessness
While it is easy to lay the problem of veteran homelessness solely on inadequate public policy failing to provide sufficient services to veterans reintegrating into society, it is also important to understand the underlying causes of veteran homelessness. A case can be made that, like non-veteran homelessness, even with adequate resources in place, communities would continue to experience some veteran homelessness due simply to the medical and mental health conditions experienced by the veteran’s themselves, either due to pre-existing conditions or to conditions developed during service. The VA has begun to assess potential service-members prior to military service regarding pre-existing risk factors like pre-existing medical and personality disorders, substance abuse, anti-social conduct, criminal history, low levels of education, and domestic issues. However, evidence shows that some policy changes exacerbated veteran homelessness by affecting the quality of the persons entering service. Continue reading ‘188. Home for The Brave Part II’

08
Dec
08

184. Foreclosures “Bail Out” Homeless

 

Foreclosure Squatting

 

 (Max Rameau stands in front of foreclosed property:Source AP)

 

 

At the heart of the issue of homelessness is the scarity of resources available to help the growing numbers of homeless Americans.  The homeless population in America has never been as diverse as it is in our current time.  Due to the recent economic climate we are seeing an unprecedented rise in homelessness that includes a diverse group of veterans, the middle class,women& children and people who are employed but who cannot afford housing. The causes behind each story of homelessness  is varied but all our homeless citizens share one common theme: they face grim prospects for finding shelter and supportive services on a daily basis during the current economic recession.


Where do people go when they loose their homes or are unable to pay for rent? A survey by the National Coalition for The Homeless shows that shelters for the homeless only provide shelter for less than 40% of people in need of basic services.  Viewed another way…on any given night only 4 out of 10 people without a place to call home  will gain entrance to community shelters that  provide a heated space, safety from the streets and a basic meal.  As the numbers of our homeless citizens continue to rise due to the economic trends , emergency & transition shelters continues to fall behind needs.

 

 

Where Do People Go When They Loose Their Home: Source

                                           California

Florida

Kentucky

            Minnesota

Texas

 

Family/friends

23%

29%

38%

                    38%

16%

 

Emergency shelter

15%

25%

19%

                    29%

16%

 

Transition shelter

16%

12%

0%

                    8%

5%

 

On the streets

16%

17%

13%

17%

16%

 

Rental home

18%

13%

25%

4%

5%

 

Don’t know

3%

0%

0%

4%

37%

 

Other

9%

4%

6%

0%

5%

 

 

Source: National Coalition for the Homeless e-mail survey of 117 local and state homeless coalitions conducted Jan. 22-March 15. Note: May not equal 100% due to rounding.

 

Continue reading ‘184. Foreclosures “Bail Out” Homeless’

24
Jun
08

158. Women Veterans and Homelessness

This week Lt.Gen Ann .E Dunwoody has been nominated as a Four Star General in the Army. If confirmed she will be the first female Four Star General in American history.The nomination of a woman for this senior military position is a landmark event in the history of our military services. This accomplishment is one of extreme dedication to the service of this country.  While this news celebrates the accomplishments of  females in the military, another story reveals what a high price some pay for their loyalty to our country. A friend of Wanderingvets recently shared an article that spotlighted  another glimpse into females in our military~ this one is about  female veterans who find themselves homeless.

 

There are an estimated 8,000-12,000  female veterans who find themselves without homes in our country (which is probably a low number given current tracking systems greatly underestimate all numbers of homeless veterans.)  Female veterans comprise 4% of the homeless population Continue reading ‘158. Women Veterans and Homelessness’

20
Jun
08

157. Signs of Change?

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Rescue Mission Ministries Billboard Campaign in Denver.(The word “homeless” is composed of 143 individual portraits of actual Denver homeless,shot over a four week period. Two weeks later, half the faces in “less” are gone.Two weeks after that, only the faces in “Home” are left.Just like what the Denver Rescue Mission hopes to accomplish for its clients; putting them in a home.)

 

As I was on my  commute this morning I was tuned into the national news on the radio listening to the myriad of problems our nation faces.  The list of problems that America  faces is daunting to say the least. We are facing  economic hardships on the domestic front, our situation in Iraq is without resolution, we have environmental issues that need our immediate attention & a need for healthcare reform, to name just a few. It’s really easy to sit back and depend on our government to be the ones that make the change in so many of the issues that need addressing in this country.The average citizen often feels incapable of making a difference and our complacency or apathy can be further contribute to problems.

 

Just as I was engaged in such thoughts I glanced up and saw a sign that reminded me of the power that  individuals can have  in making a difference in the needed changes in our country. I usually don’t pay much attention to the billboards along the interstate as they are the all too familiar advertisements that I have seen hundreds of times before, but this one certainly caught my eye. This was a full sized billboard with a picture of a man’s face and the caption “Homeless”. It was an advertisement about homelessness sponsored by The Rescue Mission. Yes indeed, this is certainly a sign of our current economic times and the fact that people were viewing this billboard  along a major interstate brought a smile to my face. Continue reading ‘157. Signs of Change?’

05
Dec
07

86.I work for tips? Thank You For Your Service

28928751211.jpgDear Friends:

I am working this job on the docks and been killing myself building and moving china hutches and other huge pieces of furniture for the holiday. Today I am so sore that I can barely move. Funny things  happen in my life. This goes back to previous articles I have written about not dressing like a homeless bum and maintaining some sort of grooming and hygiene standard. Continue reading ’86.I work for tips? Thank You For Your Service’

01
Dec
07

85.My New Days…City Life

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Dear Friends:

I must admit I am having a hard time adapting to being inside a city. There is so much noise and light pollution in comparison to a mountain side. I could at least lay back on the side of “my mountain” and think clearly and feel safe. I feel my stress levels are increasing everyday here. I came into the city for my medical reasons. I was told by the VA I had to be near this particular hospital or risk having to start my whole treatment and compensation and pension series over again. I feel like a prisoner! Continue reading ’85.My New Days…City Life’




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