Veterans Day – One Very Special Day Each Year For Veterans

Veterans Day is observed officially on November 11th, no matter which day of the week it actually falls on. There are numerous ceremonies held throughout the country every year. There are also various parades to remember the brave men and women who fought so Americans can enjoy the freedoms we are so fortunate to have. while all the celebration may seem good for that special day once each year, there is a very quiet, tragic reality lurking in the background.

There are many veterans doing remarkably well, but there are also many of our veteran heroes suffering in quiet desperation and loneliness. this is often because they have been forgotten or pushed aside. Friends and sometimes even their families have abandoned them because the experiences they endured changed them forever. They have had an extremely difficult time fitting back into their pre-service lives.

Some of them have adjustment issues and mental problems that can not be explained away or fixed. Some have not been able to adjust back into society and get on with their lives after all the things they’ve seen and lived through during their time of service. Some of them never receive any of the benefits and opportunities they were promised when they first joined the military or were drafted. There are many veterans who have to fight just to get proper healthcare, food, and shelter. it should not be this way. They should have access to proper treatment and care every day, not just on Veterans Day when the entire country is watching.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs states that the number of current homeless Vietnam veterans is greater than the 58,000 military men and women who died during the entire Vietnam War. think about that for just a second, there are more homeless Vietnam era veterans right now than all the soldiers who died during the entire Vietnam War. this is an absolute travesty and should not be allowed to happen in a country as great as America.

None of our veterans should be homeless no matter when they served. regardless of whatever political views you may hold regarding such wars, people who were brave enough to serve during these conflicts deserve honor and respect; they do not deserve to be put on the back burner and left to suffer in quiet desperation.

Below are homeless statistics according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

Veteran Specific Highlights:

23% of homeless population are veterans

33% of male homeless population are veterans

67% served three or more years

33% stationed in war zone

25% have used VA Homeless Services

85% completed high school/GED, compared to 56% of non-veterans

89% received Honorable Discharge

79% reside in central cities

16% reside in suburban areas

5% reside in rural areas

76% experience alcohol, drug, or mental health problems

46% white males compared to 34% non-veterans

46% age 45 or older compared to 20% non-veterans

Veterans Day is a wonderful occasion because it allows many of our heroes to feel appreciated if only for this one day. Even homeless veterans can feel appreciated on this special day each year. it would be much better though, if they could be given the proper attention and treatment they need all year long. this would give them a better chance to function at a higher level and integrate back into the society they gave their blood, sweat, and tears to protect. their service allows us to live safely in the most wonderful country in the world.

Veterans Day – One Very Special Day Each Year For Veterans


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