Many of us who live in major cities have grown accustomed to the occasional “panhandler”. Lately, at least in Fort Lauderdale, it’s unusual not to see at least one at most major street intersections. I had gotten used to seeing them around and started to doubt most of the “homeless vet” signs that I saw when driving around with my parents.
I couldn’t believe that someone who served our country could be homeless, until one day I stumbled onto a website discussing the “homeless problem” among vets. I was suddenly and unexpectedly faced with a new reality, and an overwhelming sadness came over me.
How could this be happening in America, the wealthiest country in the world?
The problem exists whether we like it or not and we can’t count on the government alone to fix the problem. Its just not working! Unfortunately, the problem has gotten worse because our society’s general consensus is that it’s the government’s problem – not ours. As Americans, we owe it to our men and women in uniform to assist them in better living conditions.
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