Homeless Veterans – Stain on Society
2 January 2020
When I decided to take a pause in publishing I thought it would be interesting (at least to me) to continue writing about issues that interest me and then publish them unaltered from the original at a later date.
My thinking was that things are changing so rapidly that any conclusions or observations would almost certainly be historically out of date by the time it is published.
It may also be that some of my observations and thoughts may end up being prophetic.
The date the articles were written on is shown above each article.
I cannot guarantee they are interesting or thought provoking or even enjoyable.
We shall see..
2 January 2020
Veterans Out in the Cold
So winter is here and the festive season is now well and truly behind us with the arrival of 2020.
The problems however remain and none are as important or dispiriting as knowing that there are over 400 armed services veterans living on the streets.
What kind of society is it that is only too willing to accept those who were prepared to pay the ultimate sacrifice in defence of the nation being homeless.
Charities last year worked with over 4,000 armed services personnel who without their help would have, through no fault of their own, ended up homeless.
So much for the Armed Services Covenant that it claims is designed to ensure veterans have access to enhanced housing support.
The figures however tell a very different and a very, very sad story.
In the year July 2017 to June 2018 around 15,000 serving personnel left the armed services, which when looking at the homeless statistics means that 27% of them have fallen through what was supposed to be the safety net provided by the Armed Services Covenant.
If the Government really do support the armed services and veterans (as MP’s such as John Mercer MP for Plymouth Moor constantly proclaim that they do) they will ensure that all ex-service personnel will be guaranteed a home on leaving the services.
Only then will the Armed Services Covenant have any real meaning.
The fact that this winter we have veterans sleeping on the streets, or in inappropriate accommodation and hostels is not only unacceptable but a downright disgrace and stain on the United Kingdom
Perhaps the next time you see Members of Parliament expressing their pride in our services and attending Remembrance Day or on other occasions such as in May when the nation will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day you might want to ask them to –
Stop Pretending You Care and Start Proving That You Do.