Posted on Aug 4, 2015
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I've been listening to this series on NPR about the VA's attempt to get vets off the streets and into housing. Based on the reports, it seems to be a program that is working. They're calling it a declaration of war on veteran homelessness. What do you think? Please listen to / read the report at this link. It sounds promising to me.

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/04/427419718/the-u-s-declared-war-on-veteran-homelessness-and-it-actually-could-win
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CPT Jack Durish
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The War on Drugs, The War on Poverty, The War on Terrorism, The War on Veteran Homelessness... what do these have in common? They're all failures. What else do they have in common? They're all managed in the District of Calamity. One more time, what else do they have in common? They're all political ploys to buy votes through pork barrel spending. Once upon a time there were effective programs. For example, Los Angeles had a model program for sheltering homeless veterans, a model community on the west side of the city, complete with housing, medical care, theaters, and all the other things that one might equate with civilized shelter. It was established and funded locally. What happened to it? It was turned over to the VA. What happened then? Just what you might expect: The veterans were cast out on the streets, the shelter destroyed, the land appropriated and rented out (with the income disappearing, unaccounted for). Is there a lesson in this? What do you think?
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MSgt James Mullis
MSgt James Mullis
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I was going to say the same thing. Vets with homes are doomed!
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SGT Carl Watson
SGT Carl Watson
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I am very sorry to hear this about LA, CA as the program sounded good. The VA in Memphis first in 2018 sent me upstairs in the VAMC to speak with someone. When the employee returned from lunch, he told me to go blocks away on another street almost downtown. Fortunately I had a vehicle. After waiting some time one representative showed me homeless shelter listings then he printed some listing of two churches and several homeless shelters.
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SSgt Alex Robinson
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The homeless veterans should win. It is criminal we have heros living on the street!
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CSM Jennifer Dehorty
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SGT Jeff Daley, you may have answered your own question (with a question), do some of these vets what help? Prior to working at the VA, I sent a brief 'tour' as a case manager with Goodwill NM who oversees the Homeless Veteran Housing 'grant' program here in ABQ. Half of my group was chronic homeless and could not make the transition. They didn't want to. Yes, the cold months, they did want shelter, but all of the responsibility with rent, bills, and yes, employment wasn't what they wanted.

I think we really need to examine the root cause of the homelessness; is it a lifestyle or is it an untreated mental illness condition. That's where I would start.

Thanks for the topic, more conversation needs to occur on this topic.
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SGT Carl Watson
SGT Carl Watson
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I was poor after I lost my job back in 1990. I did not or had not look for assistance from the VA after being rejected, mocked and taunted in 72, 74 and later in 91. I complained to some welfare recipient about how rude the social worker was when I applied for Food Stamps and Housing. I was advised just to put up with the attitude for one day and then the benefits will be granted. I had never applied for Food stamps or moved into a subsidize housing in my life. In 2000 Am Vet assisted me faster than the VA had. Some do need psychological help first after being treated not as a veteran should have been treated but I then was mistreated at the VAMC MHC and/or employees. I was again insulted, disrespected and lied about by several VAMC employees who I think could not have kept a job at a private hospital. Veterans need to be given an opportunity to visit private psychiatrist.
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