What is your opinion about veterans who are homeless?
For this question I am talking about new veterens from the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanastan. I have read recently, and saw on Oprah, that many of our soldiers, when they leave the service, wind up homeless, and that it seems to be affecting women in large numbers, some being single parents.
I have an incredible amount of respect for our military men and women. I personally think their should be some sort of transition housing and support provided for those coming back from war, if there is not already, who choose to not renew their contract to serve.
But, what I wonder is if these people having a really tough time handeling the private sector, if they were from very poor families to begin with? If their communities they were raised in were extremely dysfunctional or difficient, and these soldiers have no idea what to do when not being told, and not having housing provided for them? Are they just going back to where they might have been, if they had not joined the military?
Of course we know the poor are sort of preyed upon to enlist, so that is why this question came to mind. I have never seen statistics regaring socio-economics of the people having a tough time prior to enlisting.
And, I recognize that some soldiers have some severe psychological difficulties and might add to their inability to adjust, but that is probably only oart of the equation.