Mental Health: Military

Over 55K female veterans are homeless. Does the U.S. owe them more support than the rest of the homeless population?

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Lindsay Dolak

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Over 55K female veterans are homeless. Does the U.S. owe them more support than the rest of the homeless population?

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Alice Morgan

"Thank you for your support" and "support our troops" falls so easily from our lips in the moment. It is what happens to our veterans a decade - several decades later. What happens to our veterans long after our common shared memory of a conflict fades. Those who served and are now forgotten as easily as the conflict itself. So the issue is less are we doing enough now (of course not enough). But will we remember to do enough a decade or two later?

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Nana Nancy

I agree, all of our vets deserve a helping hand for what they have sacrificed. Homelessness is a huge problem in a country that spends billions overseas and millions on wasteful programs. America needs to take care of its own. I do think that I would serve vets before I would finance a homeless drug addict.

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smartyskirts

No one who served our country should be homeless in the country they served.

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ChattyCathy

I think the US owes the vets homeless or with homes but I'm not sure about putting them above the rest of the homeless population. I feel like everyone should be equal but I'm totally conflicted if I think the vets should get more just because they are vets.

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NYCityMom

Women vets deserve our support. Hands down. They fought for our country and many gave up families to do so.

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kat22222

Every single homeless person is of equal value. What help a person receives should not be based on whether or not they served in the military or some other accomplishment. I was once homeless with a child and no organization or person was willing to help me. I did not choose to be homeless. Unfortunate circumstances led to my situation and all I needed was help to get back on my feet. If I were homeless now and there was help available but society decided to say that the help should go to a homeless female vet over me; what justifiable reason would they have for that choice? How and why would my life and situation be of any less meaning just because I haven't served in the military. My husband is Active Duty military and has served for 28 years and is getting ready to retire. He feels the same way; that we are all human beings and our lives are equal value on this earth. If God doesn't place more value on one human being over another; neither should we. Just as love is not given based on conditions because when you love someone you love them faults and all. Helping a homeless person should have no conditions. If a person is homeless, hungry, needing clothes and a place to bathe, help to the road to starting over....then they should get it no matter who they are. As long as that person is not a criminal or has not committed a criminal act that should be punished by the law; then every human being that sadly may be going through some really rough circumstances deserves to receive the help they need and that includes veterans and regular people. Discrimination is unacceptable in any form. We should be compassionate and loving people because real and genuine love in this lifetime is sincerely created and formed when you fulfill the needs of others.

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Margie Greenblatt

Wow! This is complicated. My first inclination is to say yes, because they served our country and should leave government service with skills and financial compensation. But then I think of all the other homeless people in this country who are homeless for many of the same reasons as our veterans -- addiction, mental illness, post traumatic syndrome, etc. All of these problems should be addressed in some way, by agencies whose goals are to help and/or rehabilitate the less fortunate. Should it be handled by government, state or city? I'm not sure, but think everyone who needs help should be offered it.

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Nia Howe-smith

I feel weird saying they deserve it more, just because of their job, but the government definitely owes our veterans more than they're getting. The US needs to get some priorities in order.

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Lindsay Dolak

It's tough to say who deserves more support than another group of human beings, but, generally speaking, vets need and deserve more support than they are currently getting.

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Susan Katz

I think we owe all of our men and women the same equal support coming home from serving our country. and by the way, our vet services suck in this country and we should all be ashamed especially the dept of vet affairs which was stealing money.

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pennylane

Our veterans, male and female, deserve to come home to a country that's going to support them and help them readjust to life. They just went and put their lives on the line--it's so sad and heartbreaking that they come home to such terrible treatment

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Shosh1980

is this even a question? i hate america sometimes.

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Maggie O

Hell YES!! It's SHAMEFUL how we treat our vets. Love these ladies in the vid!

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Katie

I hate quantitative terms implying that one group deserves more of something than the other, but I will say that all around veterans of war deserve more support than they are currently getting, not necessarily more than the rest of the homeless population in general.

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LorenzaL

Being homeless AND a female veteran is definitely horrendous x2.

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