TITLE: HOMELESS VETERANS Feb. 15, 2020
By Marilyn (Marolyn) Tocker
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The homelessness of veterans is a grave injustice! I care about all homelessness but have a particular burden for veterans.
I am Canadian. I cannot help but be political about this. Asylum seekers and refugees are treated better here than homeless veterans, in fact many of them have been housed in nice hotels with all the amenities, including a swimming pool.
It grieves my heart to know that there are both men and women on the streets, covered with cardboard trying to be warm, or in tents in fields in -30 C weather. These veterans have risked their lives, left behind their loved ones, some have left their careers, and suffered hardship. There are those who have witnessed and heard atrocities in hell holes. In some cases when they return home, they are expected to suck it up and get on with life. This leads to a feeling of abandonment and loneliness, addiction for some, hopelessness, and for some, suicide.
For two years in a row, I have set up a table at my local Farmers’ Market to sell produce, donated by others and my own, to raise funds for those on the streets of a nearby city. I have displayed my political art or a poster and made a jar for donations available. All monies raised was given to a rescue mission in that city, where I know they go to eat and seek shelter, designated specifically for them. Both years, all or part of the monies were matched by a kind donor. This past December during the Christmas season, I promoted an East Indian spicy hot sweet carrot pickle that was a hit at the market, to those I knew or met as I was out and about in my town, to raise funds for them.
I have written letters to present government officials and other party leaders. Yes, they are trying to help them to some extent, but it is not enough. The problem continues to exist year after year. There is money readily available for other things that are unnecessary which could be used to get them off the streets. Charity begins at home. I heard last year that the shelters in one large city are half filled with refugees and asylum seekers. Where does that leave our veterans?
This is a phenomenon that is happening in other countries in the world as well. What will you, in your respective countries, do to help your homeless veterans?
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