Not so long ago, our country was devastated by the 9/11 attacks. Our reaction was the beginning of our War On Terror. A war we continue to fight today. 2.7 million soldiers have been deployed since 2001. After the soldiers return home, about 500,000 Veterans experience homelessness every year. The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, annual point-in-time count reported 47,725 homeless Veterans in 2015. There are 1,552 Veterans homeless with children. Our Forgotten Heroes are the Veterans that our government has literally kicked to the curb and quickly forgotten about.
Over 71 cities in the US have ordinances that criminalize feeding the homeless. It is now illegal to feed the homeless on the streets of our great country. Their excuse, “Street feeding promotes homelessness!” What these city officials don’t understand is the fact that “Homelessness is not a choice. It is the reality of a bad economy with 8.8 million jobs lost since 2007!”
A 90 year old, Arnold Abbott is a World War II Veteran that was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, FL, for feeding the homeless. And faces up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine for violating the cities “Feeding Ban Ordinance.”
Loitering ordinances ban sitting, standing or sleeping on city property. The city of Los Angeles enforces their “Loitering Ordinance” daily. Therefore, all homeless people are herd like cattle, to continuously move throughout the city. With no compassion for human life.
The Veterans Administration reported 466,877 Veterans are at risk-of-homelessness.
As of May 2015, the national foreclosure inventory of homes is approximately 491,000. With this size of an inventory, less than 10% of the inventory would house all homeless Veterans in the US.
Government estimates suggest there may be 77,000 empty or underutilized buildings across the country. The Office of Management and Budget says these buildings could be costing taxpayers $1.7 billion a year. The General Services Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services make suitable surplus properties available to private nonprofit organizations for use as facilities to assist the homeless. These buildings are perfect for transitional housing. Transitional Housing gets the homeless Vets off the streets and into a safe environment. At savingourvets.org our building crews have extensive experience in renovating large structures to accommodate the largest number of Veterans comfortably and securely.
There are many things that cause Veterans homelessness, lack of jobs, lack of affordable housing, health problems, disabilities, mental health and personal crisis to name a few. We have thousands of Injured Homeless Veterans suffering unnecessarily on the streets of our great country. This is Unacceptable and Immoral!
Wounded Homeless Veterans
As a widow of a Vietnam Veteran, I find the plight of the American Homeless Veteran appalling. These brave men and women fought for the very freedoms that have been taken away from them. The freedoms of Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness. As I walk through the streets of our great nation, I see disparage on their faces and pain in their eyes. As they beg for help, people ignore the homeless Vets as though they are a disposable subhuman species. Yet, they still have patriotism in their hearts, in hopes that some day people will see them as a person not an animal. Wounded physically and mentally by the dishonor, submerged in desperation to survive with no food or shelter.
In light of the VA Scandal, at the Gulf Coast VA Medical Center, a Vietnam Veteran suffered for over 5 years from the acute pain of a shattered hip before he finally got a hip replacement. While healing from the long awaited hip surgery, he suddenly lost the use of his left arm. After xrays and a MRI, the VA doctor’s told him there was nothing wrong with him. Even though it was obvious on the xrays, that there were bone spurs on his rotator cuff. One bone spur measured 3/4”. Still healing from hip surgery and the lose of the use of his arm, this Veteran quickly became homeless. Living in his truck, which the bank tried to repossess, but couldn’t because the truck was where he now lived. This Veteran was also diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease of the Cervical and Lumbar Spine in 2005. As of today, the VAMC still has not addressed this Veterans debilitating neck and back pain.
The “VA”…simply “Health Monitors!”
SavingOurVets and Regenerative Medical Professionals are working together to help our Veterans receive Curative Medical Treatments. Stem Cell Therapy is restoring function of our Veterans limbs. And Prolozone Therapy has cured the acute pain of Degenerative Disc Disease. Watch the YouTube video below to see this Veteran’s emotional reaction to Prolozone Therapy.
As you can see, the 1st step to ending Veterans homelessness begins with Transitional Housing. Government estimates 77,000 buildings across America are waiting to be utilized for Transitional Housing. More buildings than the 47,725 homeless Veterans. Accomplishing this step certainly should not be a problem.
The next step is to heal our Veterans with the curative treatments of Regenerative Medicine. So that they can be abled body workers and productive in society. Removing our Veterans from the VA Medical Centers system of Health Monitors. Putting our Veterans back in the hands of competent compassionate physicians and specialists.
SavingOurVets has started a petition on change.org to “Implement and Sign into Law the “VeteransLivesMatterToo” Act. For the purpose of Regenerative Medical Treatments for our Veterans, Outside the VA.”
The last step is Permanent Housing. The 2015 National Foreclosure Inventory is approximately 491,000 homes. Less than 10% of this inventory will permanently house every single Homeless Veteran on the streets of America.
Our Veterans fought for our way of life. The freedoms that we take for granted, are the very freedoms that our government has take away from our Veterans. Leaving our Veterans on the streets as our expendable Forgotten Heroes.
Join SavingOurVets in the fight against Veterans Homelessness. Together we can win the battle!