The Ugly Truth about Homeless Vets

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Activists portray homeless people as innocent victims of our economic system, with no responsibility for their sad condition. Homeless veterans are cited as classic examples, but a new study by the Department of Veterans Affairs shows as many as 43% of homeless vets were dishonorably discharged for serious misconduct, including criminality or chronic addiction. The study also showed no clear link between combat exposure and homelessness, with a full 15% of homeless veterans engaging in military misconduct so serious that they’re not even eligible for VA services. These numbers should serve as a powerful reminder that providing free housing or government welfare won’t be enough to help transients build decent lives: there must be some change in the destructive behavior that made people homeless in the first place. The sad truth is that enabling people to continue living on the streets does nothing to bring about those much-needed changes.

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  1. jguy  •  Sep 11, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Being a veteran is, of course, a positive accomplishment ……..but as stated in this
    posting… that’s not always true. It is my observation that in a capitalistic society
    where you have the fabulously wealthy you are also going to have the tragically
    destroyed …. this is often the homeless vet.. normally nothing to do with their
    veteranism ….. just a part of our freedom. People are free to be prosperous
    and free to be economically destroyed …. that’s our America … like it or not.

    • rachel  •  Sep 26, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      That’s not just a fact of a capitalistic societiy it’s a requirement, so we should dream u0p as many reasons as we can to make it look like a benefit.

    • Redduke916  •  Oct 29, 2015 at 8:37 am

      I’ve seen homeless and beggars in Oslo, Norway, Stockholm Sweden, Switzerland and all over Europe. Homelessness is not a capitalist or socialist problem. It is a human-condition problem.

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