Where Some Tax Dollars Should Be Spent-Did You Know?

LA Hospitals Dumping Homeless

There have been 55 cases they are investigating and I imagine there are many more.

It’s hard to believe in a country so rich there are so many who live in poverty and end up homeless. The light of the homeless is ignored by many. They are treated as non existing people. They live much like people in third world countries. They rummage through the trash, beg for a few dollars and live in squallier conditions. The number of homeless grows each year. How much do you know about the homeless? How does one end up in that position? What would you do if you lost everything? How would you survive? So tomorrow you are living on the streets.
Where do you sleep? Where do you find food? Who is willing to help you? You will notice many will just walk by you like you are invisible. Your live is in jeopardy each and every day. There have been many homeless beaten or killed just for being homeless. The number of homeless in America is difficult to define as they really don’t keep count. I was watching a news cast and they estimate that in L. A. County alone there are 90 thousand homeless.

I think this is a crisis most in America have ignored.

There is a connection between war and homelessness. How could someone who served their country come home and end up living on the streets? How can they become one of the nations most desperately poor? One quarter of the homeless in America are war Veterans. That is just unacceptable. That is appalling. This is devastating. America should be hanging its head in absolute shame. The country that brags of how free, rich, fair, and filled with opportunity.

This is one mans story: I have to wonder if he thinks war has been good for him?

From Democracy Now

Four nights before Christmas, former Army specialist Herold Noel huddled for warmth in front of a fire he built for himself in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park as temperatures slid toward the single digits. Plagued by nightmares and unable to hold a steady job or get the assistance he needed, he was on the verge of losing his wife and three young children. It wasn’t the homecoming he’d expected after serving in Iraq last year.

According to the Pentagon, 955,000 U.S. troops have already served in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The experiences of Noel and others like him have many observers worried that the country will be inundated by a wave of returning veterans with no place to go and reeling from psychological trauma, as happened toward the end of the Vietnam War. According to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, up to 17 percent of troops returning from Iraq “met the screening criteria for major depression, generalized anxiety, or PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder].

For Entire Interview

Hundreds of U.S. soldiers returning from IraqAfghanistan are ending up homeless. How could this happen?

How many homeless veterans are there?

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Although accurate numbers are impossible to come by — no one keeps national records on homeless veterans — the VA estimates that nearly 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. And nearly 400,000 experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served this country. According to the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Urban Institute, 1999), veterans account for 23% of all homeless people in America.

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This one of the most recent reports out of LA is just to much to swallow.

A 70-year-old man who had just been discharged from a hospital was sent by taxi to a Los Angeles neighborhood frequented by the homeless and drug addicts, and police and prosecutors were investigating whether it was the latest case of hospitals dumping patients on the street.

This is not a new. This has been going on for some time.

City Council member Jan Perry, whose district includes L.A.’s Skid Row, says hospitals may be dumping their homeless patients in downtown Los Angeles because the cities hosting the hospitals don’t want to deal with their homeless problem.

An elderly woman being dumped fortunately caught on video.



This is the way America treats the poorest of POOR.
Trend: ‘Dumping’ Homeless on L.A.’s Skid Row
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Millions in America are extremely close to losing their homes and becoming just another passing thought to those who ignore their plight.
Ask them if the money spent on the Military bases around the world benefit them. Do they protect them in any way? Would they prefer a safe home and decent care? The numbers are growing dramatically each year.
I see this as a National Crisis which is being ignored.How close are you to becoming homeless?

Published in: on April 14, 2007 at 10:10 pm  Comments Off on Where Some Tax Dollars Should Be Spent-Did You Know?  
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