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:
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!!!