WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING - "Supporting Our Troops"

(11/12/2007)

By Bob Weaver

While you were sleeping and supporting our troops in America's war on terror, another Veteran's Day is here.

Veterans Day is a national holiday set aside to honor the men and women who have served in America’s armed forces and to acknowledge the debt we owe them.

A new study shows that veterans are more likely to be homeless than those in the general population, and that, nationwide, veterans tend to have less access to health care and other supportive services when they need them.

Added to the problems with VA hospitals, National Guard members are being cut short of promised benefits, troops are ill-equipped in Iraq, among other problems. It is disturbing.

The study done by the Washington, D.C.-based National Alliance to End Homelessness, found that nearly half a million veterans were homeless at some time during 2006, and as many as 66,000 of those vets were chronically without shelter.

While veterans comprise only 11 percent of the American population, they make up one of every four of the nation’s homeless.

While the Bush administration continues to shield the media from the return of the war dead in their coffins "out of respect," it surely is time we look at how we really treat our servant soldiers.


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