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homeless veterans

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Kristin Orr

on 26 April 2010

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Veterans Introduction to: Staggering Statistics 107,000 veterans are chronically homeless

200,000 homeless on any given night

1/4 of homeless are veterans

over 1/2 of homeless vets
are vietnam vets Vietnam: 9 years
OIF/OEF: 18 months a common misconception about
homelessness is that it is caused by poverty
lack of affordable housing
unemployment "cumulative health conditions that
interfere with their ability to
become productive citizens" 1/3 of Vets credit the
military as the
reason they are
homeless substance abuse inadequate preperation
for civilian life loss of structured
lifestyle Mares & Rosenheck, 2004 Military Culture 101 who joins? lure of the superstructure
seeking an identity
sense of belonging/part of the team
family tradition power structure based on heirarchy
& success Rank own set of norms and values deeply rooted in tradition honor
personal courage
loyalty UMJC "they seem to be fighting for somebody
rather than against somebody" mental health issues and the
values of the military are incompatible seen as a weakness black mark on your record obstacle as not being able to perform "boots on the ground" transformation "scientifically & psychologically designed to tear
apart the civilian & build from scratch a proud,
physically fit, & dedicated member
of the United States Armed Forces." Life
in OIF & OEF
is different ! no war lines greater advances in
technology greater advances in medical care Being in war is about survival descepancy is what they are doing trained to hit a 'target' ALL QUESTIONS FILED AWAY always ready for battle & demands
of combat obedient to the powers
above him US prepared for war
but not the returning Vet ON PAPER .... programs to help with emotional
difficulties & transitioning home Mandatory Questionairre Investigative Arm of Congress found that 80% of
soldiers that reported symptoms were not referred "when these young soldiers subsequently find it difficult to sleep, love, or perhaps even justify their own continued existence and that it is
as underdeveloped coping skills, we are either DISMISSED witnessing a terrifying disconnect

a truly monsterous agenda OR "easier to be over there" transition knew what role was & what was expected of them strain of transition so great without proper supports
adversion to assistance from military or VA redeployment
alcohol/drug abuse
loss of job
suicide now must come to terms with what has happened divorce
homelessness Further .... "do not belong in the army" prohibit soldiers from attending MH appts. "make a mockery out of them" "stripped of their weapons & sent home to face
a court martial for cowardice -- a crime still
punishable by death according to the UMJC" Walter Reed Army Institue year long deployment mandated 7 day reintergration program at
US military installation series of briefs on topics
financial reinbursement
equal opportunity training groups remained in platoons 'emphasized transition home' PERFECT EXAMPLE: audiotaped "battlemind training positively reframes
traditional post deployment transition
difficulties as being natural consequences
of having developed effective occupational
coping skills related to combat" Homelessness is the result
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