Another war

The N&O editorial page is not known for its elegance. But today's lead editorial about the disastrous consequences of Bush's War in Iraq and Republican "leadership" on veteran's affairs over the past six years is a moving call for action.

Some veterans of the Vietnam War still express surprise at the unfriendly receptions they received when they returned to the United States from that combat zone. But they could have predicted that many of them would end up on the streets within a few years of arriving back home. Chronic homelessness has been a cruel reality for veterans since at least the Civil War, when former fighters who hit hard times took the nickname "tramps," after the sound they made when they had marched into battle years earlier.

That sad history gives the nation a heads up today as veterans come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many will struggle with homelessness: the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department already has identified 1,500 vets from the current wars who have joined others who sleep under bridges and in lonely patches of woods. As with many homeless people, homeless veterans suffer disproportionately from mental illnesses. And they also often deal with drug and alcohol problems.

Congress, of course, needs to put spending to ease the transition for veterans high on its priorities as those troops come home, including making sure there's a home for them when they get here.

When you read a story about homeless veterans or meet those guys on the street in DC or New York or right here in our military-friendly state, just remember who put them there: Liddy Dole. Richard Burr. Robin Hayes. Howard Coble. Sue Myrick. Virginia Foxx. Patrick McHorny. And yes, even Walter Jones.

Twelve months ago, I wrote this. Not much has changed in the intervening year.


Comments

I went to college at CSULB. The Vet Hospital was basically next

door. It was a pitiful sight and I'm sure it still is. A huge VA Hospital with all these panhandlers outside. Not the same guys every day. Some were the same each day, most were just guys that had an appointment and were "down on their luck" and right next door to a liberal arts campus. Liberal we were, and I'm sure they continue to be to this day. Hey, it's California, right? That's what all our winger friends would say. Land of fruits and nuts, right?

The needs of the injured veterans have not been dealt with since, well, I don't know when. I know for damned sure since 1978 when I walked the grounds of my University. These people are used, given a couple of days per year where we all salute their sacrifices, and then they are forgotten. Until next year.
Don't get me started on how heart breaking it is to see this in person. Daily.

When the Republic's begin caring about our people, I'm in. Until then, Liddy Dole. Richard Burr. Robin Hayes. Howard Coble. Sue Myrick. Virginia Foxx. Patrick McHorny, and yes, even Walter Jones can kiss some serious veteran ass. Yet, still, they don't care.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

Sick Warmongering Republican Pols!

When you read a story about homeless veterans or meet those guys on the street in DC or New York or right here in our military-friendly state, just remember who put them there:* A

Over 25 % of the Homeless are Vets! Outrageous!

With 4000 Americans dead and about 27,000 wounded stacked up in Vets Hospitals from Iraq.

You can image our future Vet Homeless rate with these numbers.....Now that the Bastards have decided to do a Shocked and Awe this coming Spring in Iran, We will be lucky to have enough money [inflated paper dollars] to get the future dead and wounded back at all....

Shipped Liddy Dole. Richard Burr. Robin Hayes. Howard Coble. Sue Myrick. Virginia Foxx. Patrick McHorny to Iraq Now and let Haliburton, Blackwater service their warmongering needs outside the Green Zone.

From meat grinder to meatloaf

Homeless! That's right. You see it every day. I work downtown. I see it everyday. Shells of their former self. Begging as VietNam vets. Begging. Ain't this America.