Senator Obama is a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. With an estimated 1/3 of the homeless population being Vets, anything done to help Veterans will help prevent Veterans from becoming homeless in the future. But, what has Senator Obama done to help Vets?
- He authorized legislation to extend and expand programs to stop homelessness among Veterans.
- With others he passed legislation to provide comprehensive services and affordable housing options to Vets.
- He started an investigation in Illinois to find why Vets in the state were receiving less benefits then Vets in other states and the issue was resolved.
- He stopped the practice of forcing Vets in VA hospitials from having to pay for their own meals after 90 days. (Can you imagine having had your legs amputated, recovering from the loss of limbs and being told that the government did not think they could afford to feed you?)
- He stopped the review of Vets with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that would lead to cutting off their Disability payments.
Of course those things are more detailed then my simple listing. More detailed explanation found here. You could also visit the Senator's Senate website or do a google search for news articles on the 'net. The point of this post is that Senator Barack Obama cares about "our troops" and what happens to them when they come home from war.
Living on the streets, I met many of these homeless veterans. They spoke of their frustrations with getting benefits and outrages with mistreatment at Long Beach's VA Hospital. One vet train-hopped his way from New Orleans to Long Beach, because he needed to see a specialist that he said was only available here. I am not a vet, but I share experiences relaxed to our homelessness.