Saturday, March 28, 2009

Nearly 200,000 Homeless Veterans In The United States And 500 In Utah, But A Foreign Refugee Family Gets A Free Van And Rent-Free House In Salt Lake

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the number of homeless veterans in the United States is nearly 200,000 (VA estimates 154,000). At least 500 of them are in Utah. Of course, many of them are transient, so it is difficult to accurately and consistently track these people.

Yet despite this problem, a refugee family who just arrived in the United States has been given a free van and free rent on a conventional single-family home (until they get on their feet financially). Report from the Deseret News and news video from KSL Channel 5:

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The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says the nation's homeless veterans are mostly males (4 % are females). The vast majority are single, most come from poor, disadvantaged communities, 45% suffer from mental illness, and half have substance abuse problems. America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi Freedom, or the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Forty-seven percent of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam Era. More than 67% served our country for at least three years and 33% were stationed in a war zone.

That's right - at least one-third of them actually put themselves in harm's way. Yet instead of showing gratitude, we allow a foreign refugee family to take precedence over them. We can find money to send the kids of illegal aliens to college at in-state tuition rates, but we can't find money to guarantee every honorably-discharged veteran at least an associates degree at public expense, which might mitigate the homelessness (current service members have to elect and contribute towards their own college fund while in service). Where are our priorities?

While most of the commenters to the KSL story are all teary-eyed, one of them gets the picture:

What about our own?
Phillip L. @ 7:51pm - Sat Mar 28th, 2009

Hey I agree that this is certainly a nice gesture, but you never see any stories or gratifying handouts for the honest hard working Americans that are dealing with the very same tough times. It's pretty sad that one has to be either a refugee or an illegal alien to have any special treatments in this country.

Why should I care how much this refugee family was persecuted in their former country? We didn't cause it; it shouldn't have become our problem. What good does it do to save the world and lose our own country? When will we start taking care of our own people for a change? We have enough "wretched refuse" on our shores; we don't need the wretched refuse of other shores. Fix America First!!!


Anonymous said...

Can the complaints. It was a private donor. He gets to give to people of his choice, not yours. Final answer.

Deseret Dawg said...

Yes, he gets to give to the person of his choice, but it doesn't exempt him from criticism. We still have a First Amendment in this country, even if it means nothing to you.

The REAL final answer.

Robert P. Hartsfield said...

The answer to the homeless Veterans is to provide jobs which means fix the Federal Hiring practice of Veterans utilization of 30%, VRA, and VEOA outside of DOD) and FIX public awareness of the benefits of hiring Veterans