After dealing with various homeless organizations for the past few months I have some disturbing information. It seems that there is no intention of ever getting the homeless homes and jobs, it would remove the problem and funding would dry up. It is their goal to keep the homeless dependent, be it for funding or merely to indoctrinate them in their religion.A few of the directors even accused me of being a criminal (although, unlike them, I requested no funds) and refuse to even direct homeless people to my work site. I will still help the homeless if they show up ready to work but I will never give a dime to the crooks running the organizations designed to feed, warehouse and indoctrinate the homeless.
http://tinyurl.com/4onz2p FACTBOX-America's Vietnam War veterans Sun Apr 6, 2008 7:00am EDT April 6 (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Arizona Sen. John McCain was a Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war. Following are some facts and figures about Vietnam veterans in the United States: - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says the Vietnam War (1964-1975) involved over 8.7 million U.S. service members worldwide. Over 3.4 million were deployed to Southeast Asia. - The United States suffered around 58,000 battle or "in theater" deaths during the Vietnam War. Vietnam and neighboring countries like Cambodia and Laos suffered far higher death tolls, many of which were civilian. - There are around 7.2 million U.S. Vietnam veterans still living. - While several veterans of World War Two have been elected to the White House, the Vietnam conflict has yet to produce an American president. - Many Vietnam veterans were draftees from lower-income backgrounds and a large number have experienced social and economic difficulties. By some estimates almost one in four homeless people in America are veterans. Of these, almost half are Vietnam veterans, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. (Sources: United States Department of Veterans Affairs; National Coalition for Homeless Veterans) (Compiled by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Eric Beech) *fair use*
I am not a veteran, nor am I a film maker. I believe these soldiers of today will suffer many different things in their futures.
One is usually very young on the battlefields... in growing up then getting older, the effects of the actual event on the humaqn mind, along with ever rising costs of living.
Yes, these 'new' soon to be veterans will usher in simply a new generation of veterans with a whoe ot of the same problems.
I lived across the street in Austin Texas from the Confederants Home... I was a very little girl, but I can remember, those units were no different than housing that is available to veterans of war or simply low incomers... it's sad.
I hope that film encompasses what is going on in other countries, in that the children are being taught to be killers - they are too little are yung at heart in mind, those children do not know what war is - they therefore are little killers... what happens to those little ones who battle for THEIR country?
WAR WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?
US Department of Labor Program Highlights
Veterans' Employment and Training Service
Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program
The purpose of the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) is to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.
HVRP was initially authorized under Section 738 of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act in July 1987. It is currently authorized under Title 38 U.S.C. Section 2021, as added by Section 5 of Public Law 107-95, the Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to eligible applicants such as: State and local Workforce Investment Boards, public agencies, for-profit/commercial entities, and non-profit organizations, including faith based and community based organizations.
Grantees provide an array of services utilizing a case management approach that directly assists homeless veterans as well as provide critical linkages for a variety of supportive services available in their local communities. The program is "employment focused" and veterans receive the employment and training services they need in order to re-enter the labor force. Job placement, training, job development, career counseling, resume preparation, are among the services that are provided. Supportive services such as clothing, provision of or referral to temporary, transitional, and permanent housing, referral to medical and substance abuse treatment, and transportation assistance are also provided to meet the needs of this target group.
Since its inception, HVRP has featured an outreach component using veterans who themselves have experienced homelessness. In recent years, this successful technique was modified to allow the programs to utilize formerly homeless veterans in various other positions where there is direct client contact such as counseling, peer coaching, intake, and follow-up services.
The emphasis on helping homeless veterans get and retain jobs is enhanced through many linkages and coordination with various veterans' services programs and organizations such as the Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program and Local Veterans' Employment Representatives stationed in the local employment service offices of the State Workforce Agencies, Workforce Investment Boards, One-Stop Centers, Veterans' Workforce Investment Program, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Departments of Veterans' Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services.
For more information about U.S. Department of Labor employment and training programs for veterans, contact the Veterans' Employment and Training Service office nearest you, listed in the phone book under United States Government, U.S. Department of Labor or at:
"People responded on a very deep level to his soul," said Ms. Rose, who wrote the poem about Mr. Thompson after he died, which she titled "Cedar River Man." "That's kind of the magic of the whole thing." The poem ends this way: And now this boy is free He is splashing and he is dancing He is laughing and wondering Did you love me? I am the Cedar River Man. ========================= Fair Use Notice This message may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not specifically been authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democratic, scientific, religious, spiritual, and social justice issues. We believe this constitutes a "fair use" of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for nonprofit educational and research purposes, and in the hope that more people will awaken and begin to think for themselves, as is so sorely needed in these times. For more information on fair use, please go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes of your own which go beyond "fair use," we suggest that you obtain permission from the copyright owner. =============================
He chose to live on the streets, said residents and his somewhat estranged brother, Merlin Thompson, who lives not far from Maple Valley. They surmised that his life began to unravel after he left Vietnam, where he was a mechanic and served two tours of duty. Last January, prosecutors say, Mr. Thompson was beaten and stomped to death. The case went unsolved for eight months, as detectives from the King County Sheriff's Office pursued the case, relying heavily on tips from residents who had watched out for Mr. Thompson, as well as DNA evidence. Some Maple Valley residents said they had wondered if the detectives would be aggressive about solving the killing of a homeless man. Last week, Shirin Galinkin, 27, and David Pulcino, 45, who the police say got into an argument with Mr. Thompson down at the river, were arrested and charged with second-degree murder. They are being held awaiting arraignment. Sgt. John Urquhart, a spokesman for the King County Sheriff's Office, said the town's involvement in the case was crucial. "There was a tremendous amount of interest in the investigation and sympathy for Thompson," Sergeant Urquhart said. Jim Flynn, the deputy mayor of Maple Valley, who knew Mr. Thompson well, said: "It's hard for people to understand why we care so much about him. But he was here for so long and we just miss him." Mr. Flynn was visiting a memorial to Mr. Thompson, a wooden cross that was driven into an embankment along the river by a 16-year-old resident, Jennifer Smith, who said she was close to the Skunk Man and organized a candlelight vigil there that drew 50 people after he died. With her grandmother, she raised a $200 reward for anyone who could help catch the killer. Residents' research also helped to determine that Mr. Thompson was indeed a veteran and was entitled to government benefits that would cover the costs of his interment and allow a service with full military honors, which drew 60 people. The white wooden cross was adorned with plastic flowers and a small stuffed animal skunk. At the liquor store on the Maple Valley Highway, the closest business to Mr. Thompson's slapdash home under an old railroad trestle, a sign now says, "Jeff's Killers' Caught! Thank you, King County Detectives." Joan Holder and her daughter, Marie Kimball, who manage the store, often allowed Mr. Thompson to come inside and get warm. They also provided information in the case, when they said that a couple from out of town had used a nearby pay phone, prompting detectives to trace the calls, law enforcement officials said. "The last six weeks of his life, we were his hangout,'' said Ms. Kimball, 60, fighting back tears. "All of Maple Valley was his home. He used to summer at McDonald's and winter down here." The arrests have awakened new memories of Mr. Thompson, who would often be seen around the streets, asking for a ride or for work. People are telling stories, digging out their poems, their musings and their paintings. (cont'd next post)
The New York Times>National>Maple Valley Journal: Homelass Man is Killed and a Town Pours Out Prayers http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/03/national/03maple.html MAPLE VALLEY JOURNAL Homeless Man Is Killed, and a Town Pours Out Prayers By SARAH KERSHAW Published: November 3, 2004 MAPLE VALLEY, Wash., Oct. 27 - From the ode to Skunk Man: He is wondering why you're crying He thanks you for your kindness He was young here once and loving life His troubles and his strife Came early and came later. The poet wrote the tribute in her head in the shower on the day last January when Jeffrey T. Thompson, 57 - known around here as Skunk Man because of the white streak running through his curly black mane - was killed. The poet, Stanette Marie Rose, a financial adviser who had known Mr. Thompson since she was a girl, was one of many in Maple Valley who said they were sickened by that winter killing. After it happened, the people here said prayers, painted watercolor portraits, held candlelight vigils and memorial services, and built him a makeshift grave. Their intense interest in the case, the police say, helped lead to an arrest last week. All for Maple Valley's lone homeless man. Mr. Thompson, a Vietnam veteran who grew up near here and played as a child along the Cedar River, where he later slept and died, was adopted by this town of 14,000 people in rural King County, 25 miles southeast of Seattle. The homeless are not often welcome in many cities. But here in Maple Valley, where there was only one homeless man, it was different. He was a nuisance, but he was their nuisance; they rarely called the police to report him and they tolerated his living in the streets here for almost 30 years. They fed him, gave him odd jobs, bought him clothes and tall cups of coffee and counted on him to tell them crazy stories and even lend them books from his vast collection. After living for decades in this town's hidden corners, behind its gas stations and under its old railroad bridges, Mr. Thompson was embraced as an official denizen of Maple Valley, a kind of townwide cause, a likeable, visible man who usually wore fatigues and who happened to not have a home. "He was our Jeff," said Sue VanRuff, executive director of the Greater Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Thompson lived for a time behind Ms. VanRuff's Chevron Station on the Maple Valley Highway. To the people of Maple Valley, he was a sometimes obnoxious (he was arrested at least once), heavy-drinking, lively and entertaining vagabond, who was very picky about his coffee (tall Americanos, with extra cream). He was a man with so many stories, mostly about his service in Vietnam, and so many nicknames: Skunk Man, Stripe, Spot, Cedar River Man or, simply, the Bum. (continued next post)
Most veterans say they are getting excellent medical care from the military. But when they leave that system and require life-sustaining benefits from the VA, they are facing a legal tangle, woefully inadequate staffing and the frightening prospect of being unable to support themselves and their families. If we are, indeed, a grateful nation, as I believe we are, we need to increase, not reduce, the number of VA staff dedicated to helping our veterans rebuild their lives. We cannot give vets normal lives again, but we can help them get the financial, educational and medical benefits they've been promised and which they deserve. Congress needs to fully fund the VA, particularly in a time of war. If we don't insist that they do so, we face a new shame as Americans. We face seeing, every day, a new generation of vets on our street corners. Only this time, their roughly lettered signs will say, "Homeless. Hungry. Iraq Vet. God Bless." Gail Schoettler is a former U.S. ambassador, Colorado lieutenant governor and treasurer, Democratic nominee for governor and Douglas County school board member. ============ FAIR USE for purposes of understanding issues about social justice, civil rights, etc.
http://makeashorterlink.com/?I2DF12289 gail schoettler Homeless. Hungry. Vet. By Gail Schoettler Weary, sunburned panhandlers populate every major intersection in Denver. Many of them hold roughly lettered signs saying, "Homeless. Hungry. Vietnam Vet. God Bless." They remind us that our country still neglects many veterans whose physical, mental and emotional scars testify to their service on our behalf. Will we soon be seeing another generation of veterans, those returning from the brutal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, wasting their lives on the street corners of Denver and other U.S. cities? Many soldiers got through the horror of war by stupefying themselves on heroin. They returned to an angrily divided nation not as heroes, but as drug addicts, with few resources to help them achieve some level of normalcy. Will we soon be seeing young veterans coming home to the devastation of drug addiction because we failed to provide treatment for this cruel residue of war? The Washington Post's recent article on the Department of Veterans Affairs' huge backlog of unprocessed benefits claims should make us cringe. Our troops, who are sent off with such lofty praise for their service to our country, are getting the budget shaft when they return injured and ill. The Washington Post noted the current VA backlog of 300,000 claims, pointing out that it takes more than five months to process the average claim. Through April, the article added, 16 percent of returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets had filed claims for physical and mental illnesses resulting from their service. As this war continues, the VA expects these numbers to increase. Yet the Bush administration proposes cutting 500 positions from the VA's benefits-processing staff in 2005. Right now, desperately injured soldiers often wait six months or more to get their claims approved, forcing them to survive on small incomes or savings. Frequently, they have to battle medical review boards to get any benefits at all. Let's get real. When we hear about American soldiers injured by a roadside bomb outside Baghdad, or a car-bomb explosion in Fallujah, we're not talking about a little scratch or a few stitches. These are young men and women who lose limbs or eyes or their ability to move. They are permanently disabled. These are young Americans who will carry the emotional and mental scars of war the rest of their lives, sometimes with debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder. A nation's gratitude doesn't house or feed your kids or send them to school. A president's high-minded rhetoric doesn't heal the mental anguish of dealing with the loss of arms and legs or of seeing mutilated children. A "thank you" and a medal don't cure drug addiction. All this grand verbiage sounds pretty hollow when what you need instead is a nation that fulfills its promises to care for its badly wounded veterans. (continued next post)
SOURCE: http://www.iberkshires.com/story.php?story_id=15653 Financial help on the way for homeless veterans By Larry Kratka, WUPE Radio News - October, 06 2004 Over a million dollars in federal aid is on its way to help homeless veterans in Western Mass. with special needs. U-S Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, along with Congressmen John Olver and Richard Neal, helped secure three-year V-A grants worth a combined 1.2 million dollars. Over a million of that will help United Veterans of America provide extra beds for female homeless vets as well as homeless vets with chronic mental illness at its Leeds facility. Congressman Olver says the monies will make a difference in the lives of many veterans, saying these programs help solve specific problems. This report was compiled by WUHN/WUPE Radio, Pittsfield