Homeless Veterans Need Our Help in Cleveland

By Mike Owens

I think our homeless veterans, need to be treated better than they are. They need decent, affordable places to live. They also need better medical assistance and help so that they can get their lives in order. Society should do more for the veterans and treat them with respect instead of turning their backs on them.

There is the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), which “serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families.” WWP’s purpose is  “…to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured service members aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.”

It’s great that there are programs like WWP to help aid injured veterans and their families, but, what about the homeless veterans? How about helping homeless veterans from previous wars? Society should not turn their backs on homeless veterans. Why not rehab abandoned houses and buildings and use them to house homeless veterans? If it wasn’t for the veterans, serving and protecting our country we wouldn’t be here right now.

God bless our vets for protecting and serving our country. Homeless veterans deserve a place to live; not on the streets where they could get hurt or freeze in the winter. They shouldn’t have to fight for their lives on foreign soil, come home, and then fight for their lives all over again.                                                                                                  

God Bless America!         

Copyright Cleveland Street Chronical and NEOCH June 2015