America’s 1.4 Million Homeless Veterans

Shelter: America’s Homeless Veterans

Al Jazeeera (Barbara Koppel) 2017

Film Review

This heartbreaking documentary is about the  1.4 million US veterans who are either homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, due to poverty, mental illness, alcoholism and/or drug addiction. An American vet commits suicide every 61 seconds.

With the demise of nearly all Veterans Administration programs (eg GI Bill of Rights) that helped World War II vets reintegrate into society, veterans of America’s permanent War on Terror are mostly left to their own devices.

Owing to an extreme shortage of female shelter beds, homeless female veterans are the most underserved. Many homeless female vets were raped while serving, some multiple times. Those who report their sexual assault to superior officers are frequently kicked out of the military.

11 thoughts on “America’s 1.4 Million Homeless Veterans

  1. I just finished watching the video and I must say, it was extremely sad and it also made me extremely angry because the U.S. government and the U.S. military are both vile, disgusting and should be on trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity which should include ALL U.S. citizens and citizens of this planet. They have taken healthy individuals and turned them into broken, chronic drug addicted, mentally ill drunks and then left them to fend for themselves.

    They have turned people into killing machines and one man in the video said exactly what I have been stating for years, “there is no ‘out’ training. How are we supposed to flip that switch, it doesn’t happen.”

    That is exactly what I have said. It is not as if they worked at the post office and came home at the end of their shift and was the same person who went to the post office in the morning and came home in the early evening. Those people were put through boot camp which basically dehumanizes every living being on this planet. Everyone is to be looked at as the enemy and so go kill, kill, kill. How then are they supposed to come back from that and resume any semblance of normality which should include exhibiting behavior that is humane, compassionate, empathetic and loving? And this is why many military marriages end in divorce because the only thing the media and the government want us to see are pictures of military spouses returning from deployment, kissing and hugging their family members at the airport. What they don’t show us is that the display of emotion we are ‘shown’ is a mirage. Those people want to remain aloof. They are psychologically damaged, permanently, and that is why many continue to sign up because that is ALL they know; kill, kill and kill. And if the military refuses to accept them, they turn to self-medicating and when that no longer works, the next step is either murder/suicide or suicide.

    What I cannot understand about the women who sign up for the military is why don’t they expect that sexual assault is going to come with the territory? Those men have been trained to look at everyone as something to be violated and that is what they do. There is not enough money on this entire planet to induce me to join the military because I am not stupid. I know what would be in store for me.

    And what was also extremely telling was what Jason Henry, a VRC (Veterans Resource Center) Regional Director said. He said, “I don’t care about the average person out there, but I really care about the vets.” If he has a wife and children, if I were them, I’d run for the hills.

    For women who want to join the military, remember this, you are more than likely going to be a victim of what those in the U.S. military have termed, (MST)”Military Sexual Trauma.”

    And lastly, the guy at the end was asked, if he could snap his fingers and make one thing happen, what would it be. He answered, “Let’s not have another goddamn war!”

    Anybody listening?

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  2. The rampant sociopathy at the Veterans Administration affects veterans health and lives. It’s a shame that 10 percent of death row inmates are veterans (who represent about 1.3 percent of the population). Trump did help with the Veterans Choice Program which allows veterans to receive medical help from private doctors .Below is an article explaining the experiences of whistleblowers at the VA who experienced both workplace mobbing and “outside” community harassment:

    https://www.npr.org/2018/06/21/601127245/for-va-whistleblowers-a-culture-of-fear-and-retaliation?fbclid=IwAR07fbilfSxZ5IkdF60M246_AREOxFhQxCh6it-3S9bLtFW76wfnXH7JHdc

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    • Wow, PeaceFrog. I had no idea about all the veterans on death row. That’s heartbreaking. It doesn’t surprise me about the culture of fear and retaliation at the VA. During the mid and late eighties postal workers who filed for workers compensation were systematically harassed (with some violently suicided) by postal workers. It turned out Reagan and Bush were secretly diverting monies from the worker’s compensation fund to pay for the illegal war against Nicaragua.

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  3. You know what’s even more sickening, Shelby? There’s a reason why they break people down in basic training – numerous studies showing that World War I and World War II troops consistently fired over the heads of the enemy. They were willing to carry guns but were unwilling to kill anyone. That’s why they had to devise a new form of basic training that would essentially traumatize enough to make them killers.

    In the process they ruin them for civilian life. I agree with you totally. The sick bastards who run the US military should be tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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  4. Reblogged this on shelbycourtland and commented:
    I just finished watching the video and I must say, it was extremely sad and it also made me extremely angry because the U.S. government and the U.S. military are both vile, disgusting and should be on trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity which should include ALL U.S. citizens and citizens of this planet. They have taken healthy individuals and turned them into broken, chronic drug addicted, mentally ill drunks and then left them to fend for themselves.

    They have turned people into killing machines and one man in the video said exactly what I have been stating for years, “there is no ‘out’ training. How are we supposed to flip that switch, it doesn’t happen.”

    That is exactly what I have said. It is not as if they worked at the post office and came home at the end of their shift and was the same person who went to the post office in the morning and came home in the early evening. Those people were put through boot camp which basically dehumanizes every living being on this planet. Everyone is to be looked at as the enemy and so go kill, kill, kill. How then are they supposed to come back from that and resume any semblance of normality which should include exhibiting behavior that is humane, compassionate, empathetic and loving? And this is why many military marriages end in divorce because the only thing the media and the government want us to see are pictures of military spouses returning from deployment, kissing and hugging their family members at the airport. What they don’t show us is that the display of emotion we are ‘shown’ is a mirage. Those people want to remain aloof. They are psychologically damaged, permanently, and that is why many continue to sign up because that is ALL they know; kill, kill and kill. And if the military refuses to accept them, they turn to self-medicating and when that no longer works, the next step is either murder/suicide or suicide.

    What I cannot understand about the women who sign up for the military is why don’t they expect that sexual assault is going to come with the territory? Those men have been trained to look at everyone as something to be violated and that is what they do. There is not enough money on this entire planet to induce me to join the military because I am not stupid. I know what would be in store for me.

    And what was also extremely telling was what Jason Henry, a VRC (Veterans Resource Center) Regional Director said. He said, “I don’t care about the average person out there, but I really care about the vets.” If he has a wife and children, if I were them, I’d run for the hills.

    For women who want to join the military, remember this, you are more than likely going to be a victim of what those in the U.S. military have termed, (MST)”Military Sexual Trauma.”

    And lastly, the guy at the end was asked, if he could snap his fingers and make one thing happen, what would it be. He answered, “Let’s not have another goddamn war!”

    Anybody listening?

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    • I can understand and see your frustrations when approaching the U.S Military and Armed Services. We all can agree and disagree on some things with how and what they do. I believe you have many misconceptions about the U.S Military by the sounds of your remarks. First, I am not sure what or whom would be on trial for “war crimes” that you say but I would like to hear the crimes and the names and citizens cannot be charged with such crimes because, well, they didn’t participate in any war and I am not sure whom would press such charges. Second, you are absolutely correct that the U.S Military does transform their recruits into capable soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines in their respective boot camps. Speaking on Marines and soldiers they absolutely train to kill. That is what they do, and that is who they are. Kill the enemy, but they do not train that every single person on the planet is the enemy, thats simply not true. You are taught to be aware of your surroundings but not that everyone is the enemy. Especially that “these men” look at something to be violated is simply not true as well. But when you volunteer you should understand that is what your’e asking to be transformed into. You push yourself into that culture and become apart of it, and yes they are absolutely changed once they’re done. Also there is no evidence to support that superior officers kick out women who report their sexual trauma, thats simply not true and no evidence to support that, if there is such evidence I would like to see it. There are deeper issues with the U.S Military and reasons why there are such high veteran suicides but some of these issues are not it and theres no evidence for it. Sometimes its better to look past whatever hate you have and look at the evidences and realize there are problems for sure but not what your’e saying.

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  5. Did you watch the video, Darton? In it, the veterans and people who work with them speak for themselves. They seem to have a much different perspective than you do. As do the women interviewed for these articles.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/female-veterans-battling-ptsd-from-sexual-trauma-fight-for-redress/2014/12/25/f2f22d8e-7b07-11e4-b821-503cc7efed9e_story.html?utm_term=.58dab3a02796

    http://time.com/4340321/sexual-assault-military-discharge-women/

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