We need to be in touch with veterans nationwide! To be a pro-active force to search out and assist any veteran that is homeless! Even just a pack of cigarettes and a warm smile.
There are thousands of veterans from all armed forces that served in country or not living out on the edge of civilization. One small problem, even with all the programs available via national organizations there are still vets out there. National organizations need in the field data. In the field compassion is better than data.
It would be best though when your out looking for veterans take a cellphone and send a twitter with your location. Enable the GPS for your location. That way other veterans can stop by and check up on the vet you just ran into or start from there to find them again.
We also being ex army /navy medics can pair up or headout willing to assist in searching for homeless veterans. Combat medics were/are the most trusted by veterans.
We need to look in all locations, from river banks to alleys. Behind or under bridges also in railroad yards where hobo jungles are located. Under pieces of cardboard, behind trees and shrubs. In abandoned vehicles alongside of highways. Empty and damaged buildings that are boarded up.
The most important thing is to keep looking, you might help prevent a death or injury to a vet. This is about compassion not pity. A warm smile an look in the eye!
I would suggest you come upon them with a little respect. you are a predator to them. sorry thats the way the streets are, can’t change survival mode. It would be good to buddie up with another vet when looking. Start with casual discussion an ask how are they doing today, ask if you can sit and spend a little time enjoying being there with them. Soon or later you will find out by being friendly if its a vet by the terms we use. example chow, or fnnnn this an that. use your gut. also the word will spread like wildfire on the street that you are out there. so watch for the posers and the sneakup on ya bash you in the head diversions.
I’m available to be on the phone but won’t give it out but will allow vets to call about a VA ambulance to pick them up. Understand the system your working with and you’ll see the vet has no respect for the VA hospital.
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