Ranks Of Homeless Veterans Swell In LA

by
June 27, 2017

wire-846383-1498458592-89_634x390Kendrick Bailey is standing outside the tent he has pitched on a filthy sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles and points to the American flag he served proudly during the Vietnam War.

‘I didn’t have education back then,’ says Bailey, recalling his time in combat. ‘So most of us shot guns. Sometimes you could see people get shot by guns. It was horrible.’

Bailey, who is in his sixties, is among an ever-growing population of veterans in Los Angeles who face challenges readjusting to civilian life and eventually become homeless.

‘I never had a job,’ he says, standing in the searing California sun on a recent day and struggling to explain his predicament.

Though friends initially would offer their couch, he said he quickly overstayed his welcome and got sucked into the same vicious circle facing many veterans who struggle with PTSD, unemployment, alcoholism, family issues, and end up on the street.

  • retiredairforce

    That corrupt sanctuary city spends millions of dollars annually making life more comfort

  • Walter Flatt

    THIS COUNTRY SHOULD SET UP A COMPLEX STRICKLY FOR HOMELESS VETS. YOU THAT HAVE SEEN WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO THE HUMAN BODY HAS NEVER BEEN IN COMBAT. US GOVENMENT OWNED LAND AND FURNISH THEM WITH EQUIPMENT AND TEACH THEM TO RAISE THEIR OWN FOOD. I BET YOU A BUNCH OF THEM KNOW HOW ALREADY.

    FROM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, A KOREAN WAR VET, AND A CHRISTIAN. I AM AN AMERICAN AND PROUDLY, I VOTED FOR TRUMP. I AM 86 AND HAVE NEVER SEEN A MORE QUALIFIED PERSON TO BE PRESIDENT.

    TRUMP NEEDS TO FIRE EVERYONE CONNECTED TO THE DEMOCRATS AND REALLY INVESTIGATE THE REAL MUSLIM PROBLEM WE ARE FACING.

    PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212 WAS PASSED IN 1952 AND THIS LAW SHOULD BE ENFORCED. IT BANS ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO DESTROY US, THAT INCLUDE A MUSLIMS.

    5 CAMPS IN NORTH VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON, A MINIMUM OF 31 MORE CLOSE TO MILITARY BASES, AND A FEMA CAMP, (SOME STATES MORE), IN EVERY STATE. BUILT WITH TAX PAYER $. TO HOUSE MUSLIMS???

    READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE. IF THE CAMPS IN N. VA. ARE TO TAKE DC. WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HEADLESS POLITICIANS.

    COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA ALONG WITH HILLIARY AND THE NEWS MEDIA, HAVE SET US UP FOR HIM TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? IF NOT,

    WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

    WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

    WHY WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

    WHY IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR A OPEN BORDER. COULD IT BE TO GET FREE DOPE, GOODGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015 AND LISTEN TO IT ALL.

    WHY ARE ALL MUSLIM CAMPS CLOSE TO OUR MILITARY BASES?

    LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

    THIS COUNTRY HAD BETTER WAKE UP QUICK.

  • Tiger

    Their too busy taking care of the illegals and the refugees to pay attention to veterans. All those wonderful religious organizations I have named in the past, bringing in the refugees by the hundreds of thousands and raking in the moola boola should do more for their own here at home, but then that doesn’t pay as much.

  • Pete

    The VA healthcare system ignores the plight of so many who really need them. Local political parasites use the homeless as a tool to generate tax revenues but never seem to spend that money to helping cure the problem.
    Sadly, some very well paid people at both the state and federal level are OK with the existing situation.

    • bobnstuff

      The VA doesn’t ignore the problem, there are countless attempts and programs out there. We spend millions and millions trying to fine a solution but it’s not just a case of being able to through money at it. The Vets problems share all the issues of any homeless person plus PTSD. The lack of affordable housing in the major cities and the low minimum wage puts housing out of the reach of many people. not just the Vets. LA found homes for 3,500 Vets last year so they are trying. Here’s a interesting thing though. The Republicans in congress cut $1.4 billion out of the VA’s budget for the year 2016. In Trumps budget there is a 5.6% increase in spend for the VA but they are cutting funds for a number of other programs that homeless Vets use such as funds for building low income housings. The problems with Vets is nothing new, it goes back at least to the Civil War and no one seems to be able to solve them. Don’t expect any major changes in the near future either. Until the Congress make taking care of those who served as high a priority as creating vets the problem will not go away.

      • Pete

        The congress under the last five or six administrations has shoveled huge amounts of money at the VA & community outreach institutions with darn little change in the overall homeless population to show for it. If money could fix it, the problem would have long since disappeared.
        I sincerely hope you aren’t one of those political parasites that gobbles up the funds the government intends for the homeless, but you sure sound like one of them.

        • bobnstuff

          The feds just throwing money is not enough and it’s not in the right places. Homelessness isn’t the disease but the symptom of a number of problems. Homeless Vets have some added baggage. I my be a little closer to the problem then some and can see why the problem isn’t really getting better. Homelessness has it feet in two spots, mental health and employment. Substance abuse is common with the homeless. self medication. This is only part of the mental health issue. The red tape with the VA just makes thing worse. As far as I’m concerned we should just give medicaid cards to all vets for their day to day healthcare needs. Let the VA specializes in those problems unique to vets. The other foot is in the economy, house is expensive and getting worse. Those serving in our military don’t come out with the skills to get great jobs and unless they get training they don’t have the earnings skills needed to live the middle class life. Add just a small mental health issue and you get unemployed or minimum wage workers. We need low income housing, a better minimum wage and better safety nets for everyone but most of all for those that served our country. Washington just doesn’t seem to get it in this area. Many of the social services that are about to be cut will impact our Vets more then the average person. Things like job training and funding for low income housing funding will just make thing worse. 5.3% increase in spending for the VA and cutting social services just doesn’t make it.

          • Pete

            Socialistic solutions to the homeless problem is exactly what you are preaching. That approach has to varying degrees been the standard methodology since at least the 1970’s. It does not work, it never has, and more money to political pet projects only prolongs the agony.
            The Veterans Administration soul reason to exist is to care of veterans. They simply have not done that for decades on end. With a ratio of nearly 60% administrative/support staffing to 40% medical professional staffing they gobble up funding like a hog gobbles slop.

          • bobnstuff

            60% to 40% is in fact higher in medical professionals then most private practices. Pete I know you don’t understand that sometimes the solution isn’t capitalism and there is no free market system that can help. Did you even read what I wrote? We are talking about the mentally ill here. Incase you didn’t know it Medicaid is run through private insurance companies and use the same doctors you go to. I also notice that when I laid out a solution you just complained. What’s your solution to the problem, just let the die homeless and alone?

          • Pete

            Pay close attention slick. The Veterans Administration IS 100% responsible for care of the US Military Veterans, they have no other reason to exist. Failure to do the job they have been so liberally paid to do is unacceptable.
            Sadly they have bureaucratically squandered the federal funding for decades on end with damn little if any positive result in the Homeless Veteran population. It is national disgrace.
            All of your socialistic solutions may or may not be appropriate for the non-veterans. That type approach has been the norm within the VA system over the past half century without producing appreciable results, I seriously doubt it would solve any homeless problem regardless the cause.

          • bobnstuff

            Sorry but I don’t care who isn’t getting the job do or why the VA exists all I know is that there is no solution that you wouldn’t call socialist and that there are a number of things that need done. As I have said I might be a little closer to this problem then some since my brother was a homeless vet for three years living on the West Coast. Homelessness is not just a problem for Vets and many of the things we can and should be doing would help the homeless population. Are you so afraid of a label like socialism that you wouldn’t help people in need? Yes the bureaucracy is part of the problem but its there to proven abuses of the system, people are afraid that someone might get a crumb more then another. Also do you have a clue just how many programs are out there for homeless vets? The problem is you can’t help someone who doesn’t want help, I know this first hand. One last thought, what is the most socialist organization in our country. one that tells it’s members when to eat, sleep, work, where to go and if as a member you walk away they can go to jail. It’s the military.

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