Rylee Iowa

Homeless Veterans Need Your Help

Veterans who risked their lives for our country should not be left homeless, nor should they feel unprotected.

Dear Future President,

Please imagine the strongest person you know homeless and alone. For many people, the strongest person they can think of is often a soldier. In January of 2014 49,933 of these soldiers were homeless and alone. Men and women who fought for our freedom and safety, hung out to dry. My point being that veterans who risked their lives for our country should not be left homeless. What would have happened if those same soldiers had decided not to fight for our country? We certainly wouldn’t feel safe. These soldiers deserve to feel protected by us, as much as we’ve felt protected by them.

According to the United States Interagency Council of Homelessness, more than 40,000 veterans are homeless. However, there are 1.4 million veterans on the verge of homelessness that need our help. To be on the verge, according to the Coalition of Homeless Veterans means to be in poverty, with lack of support, and poor living conditions. Three hardships that we can all help to alleviate from our soldiers. United States Interagency Council of Homelessness, Veterans Affairs, Coalition of Homeless Veterans, and many organizations alike simply aren’t enough.

Therefore, it is our job, and your job Mr./Mrs. president to fight for our veterans. I personally believe that veterans are the backbone of this country, and I’m not the only one. Gary Hart once said, “I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.” Thus providing the idea that being a soldier and a veteran is the most admirable thing you can do for this country. Not only that, veterans also have a holiday just for them, this must mean something to you Mr./Mrs. President.

Furthermore, you can influence the future of soldiers, and in turn the future and security of our country. All you need to do is simply help the organization already fighting for this cause. For example you could stop making large budget cuts to the VA. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA’s budget was slashed by 1.4 million dollars in 2016. This budget cut was made by the current president, Barack Obama. Therefore proving that the president has power over the VA, 1.4 million dollars worth of power. This simple task of making the donation will change every American citizen's life forever.

All things considered Mr./Mrs. President, the veterans of America need your help. They need your funding, support, and protection to keep them off the streets. America is trying to do their part, by creating plans such as the 25 Cities Act. However, we can’t do it alone, we need a leader Mr./Mrs. President. Veterans who risked their lives for our country should not be left homeless, nor should they feel unprotected. Please Mr./Mrs. President, make the right decision, protect those who have protected you. It’s your turn to fight, so adjust your tie and get out on the battlefield, our soldiers need you.


A Veterans Daughter