by Patricia Feager, 5/22/18
May is the month for gratitude. We have many holidays and many calendar dates to give gratitude. I like to think of May as the month for giving Gratitude to our Veterans. As a forgotten widow/wife of a Veteran serving in Vietnam, I feel it is my duty to provide valuable information to the public. If you Google or follow the link to www.veteranownedbusiness.com provide your city and state, you will find registered Veteran and Military-Family Owned Businesses. Please support them.
HISTORY SELFISHLY REPEATS ITSELF
Since the fall of 1970, I know first-hand how easily men and women who served were forgotten. The Media consistently counted body bags, making us aware soldiers die. Veterans, discriminated, not just by the color of their skin or sex, but because many returned home from an unpopular war. Those who got good paying jobs were lucky and few. I never heard a count of how many were successfully hired. I only know, the struggles it caused me and my family. Today, many Veterans continue to return home physically or mentally disabled. My nephew, one of many who did not return home whole, is one in need of help. www.military.com provides many resources and historical data.
How many homeless Veterans are there today? How many new homes are constructed for disabled veterans? Those who gave a tremendous amount of services for our freedom need so much more than, "Thank you for your services."
Janet Emery, retired volunteer assisting Veterans in Port Townsend, Washington states, " It just blows my mind they can't get the help they need," she says. "A lot of them need medical help, they need jobs."
Alex Macon, published in FRONTBURNER on March 22, 2018, "According to the annual study, presented Wednesday at the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance's "State of the Homeless" address, overall homelessness in North Texas increased by 9% over the last year." Furthermore, "4,140 homeless people in Dallas and Collin counties counted on January 15."
STARTLING STATISTICS FOR NORTH TEXAS
Year Unsheltered Emergency Sheltered Transitional Housing Total
2018 1,341 1,991 785 4,140
2017 1,087 1,861 822 3,789
2016 739 1,968 1,080 3,810
2015 363 1,748 1,007 3,141
I JUST CAN'T UNDERSTAND
Most veterans qualify for health care through the VA, but time is not of the essence, and so they wait, patiently, impatiently they wait.
WHAT CAN WE DO
"To the least of your brother," and sister, give, donate, get in touch with veteran-owned businesses, hire a Veteran, donate travel miles, promote the use of veteran businesses in your area, support veteran entrepreneurs, volunteer at shelters, talk to your local veterans, ask what they can do for you that gives them a sense of worth, income, and most of all don't just give to charity, be charitable to our Veterans, showing them respect and gratitude.
Patricia Feager, Real Estate Sales Agent, MRP, Military Relocation Specialist
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