anzalna California

HOMELESS VETERANS

People who served us now don't have shelter!

DEAR FUTURE PRESIDENT,

I hope you are educated about the situation of homeless veterans. You might be concerned about other issues but in my opinion if people who served us do not have secure life, how can we be guaranteed about having a secured and stable life? Being a president comes with many responsibilities but it is also important to start solving issues from the ground up.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on any given night, 610,042 people across the U.S. experience homelessness. About 9% of homeless adults, or 57,849, are veterans.America's homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF), the military's anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America, and elsewhere. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era.About 1.5 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at-risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing. These homeless veteran does not only suffer of being homeless but they go through mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and other conditions that make adjusting to civilian life difficult. To overcome their own problems they do drugs, drink alcohol, promoting activities that can affect society in a negative way.In 2009, with support from the Obama administration, Eric Shinseki, then the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, announced an initiative to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015 but still this issue remains unresolved. They have nothing to eat and no job which leads them to beg or ask for help on streets. 

If this issue remains unsolved people would be hesitant to be part of the military and serve the nation.You could at least help them get back on their feet. Get organizations together to help pay their medical bills, feed, clothe them, find them a decent job and a roof over their head. As the government it should be your priority that people feel patriot about their country and people who served the country should be rewarded. Nevertheless, it is never too late to overcome a problem.

Yours sincerely,

Anzalna

La Quinta High School

Nadeau Period 3

U.S. History

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