Date: 28 Mar 2011
Time: 10:16:09 -0700
Remote Name: 22.214.171.124
Apparently, I'm not very groundbreaking. BG Burkett who founded Stolen Valor
www.stolenvalor.com and is the author
of a book of the same title called me from Dallas and was kind enough to send me
a chapter of the book on Homeless Vets called An Army on the Streets. He also
included many clippings of the uncovered fraud cases that he's researched and
other. The issue and him have been profiled several times on television
Nevertheless, the myth of the homeless vet is propagated by the Media, the Homeless, Homeless Advocates, anti-war activists, the VA, and even the Department of Defense (all with their own agendas). The vision of the crazed Vietnam Veteran is skipping to the Iraq/Afghanistan generation and has permeated the discussion. Probably one of the most interesting frauds in US History.
I also have the latest VA/HUD study that has interesting numbers on homeless Vets (0.14% - NOT 14% but less than 1/2 of 1% of the entire veteran population! In fact, we have some evidence that the unemployment rate of veterans is much lower than the general population.
As the usual disclaimer: If you love and want to help the chronic homeless, then GREAT; they need it and I recommend the Salvation Army. But remember that they're probably not veterans, even if they are wearing camouflage or fatigues and have a sign. The chronic homeless have a set of other issues that I'd be happy to visit with you about if you'd ever like.
Have a great week,
Order your copy of Stolen Valor here: Stolen Valor : How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History