It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Friday, November 12, 2010

Our Homeless Vets

“Veteran-specific highlights from the USICH report include:

23% of the homeless population are veterans
33% of the male homeless population are veterans
47% served Vietnam-era
17% served post-Vietnam
15% served pre-Vietnam
67% served three or more years
33% were stationed in war zone
25% have used VA homeless services
85% completed high school/GED, compared to 56% of non-veterans
89% received an honorable discharge
79% reside in central cities
16% reside in suburban areas
5% reside in rural areas
76% experience alcohol, drug or mental health problems
46% are white males, compared to 34% of non-veterans
46% are age 45 or older, compared to 20% non-veterans
Service needs cited include:

45% need help finding a job
37% need help finding housing”

These are newer statistics from what I posted in another one of my blogs.  These statistics are heartbreaking.  Please read this link to find out what we all can do to help.


This has been a rather lazy day for me.  To be quite honest, all I have done so far today is to clean out the small hallway closet.  I need another room for as much junk as I have.  I thought when I moved that I was getting rid of a lot, evidently not nearly enough.

Kroger has small turkeys for 59 cents a pound this week.  With careful maneuvering I managed to get a 12 pound one in the freezer above my fridge.  This necessitated my cleaning out the freezer, which I hate to do and in the process I discovered a bag of frozen banana puree.  I save the bananas that are too ripe and mash and freeze them.  This meant I had to make banana bread yesterday which I hadn’t planned to do.  Recipe on my recipe site listed under Breads.  I gave most of it to my daughter who is planning to treat her co-workers tonight.

I hope this is a super weekend for us all.  I plan to do some more Christmas shopping tomorrow.

Red heart  Beth


  1. Hi Twin! ♥ I just issued an invite that will likely be turned down to the youngest to go picture taking with me to Norris Dam. We'll see.

    I cleaned the bathroom top to bottom and it is gleaming! Now I need to polish all of the kitchen cabinets of which there are plenty many! :-)

  2. It's been a lazy day for me trying to catch up with blogging friends. I freeze bananas too for my soft serve ice cream replacement.

  3. Hi Beth,

    I actually did some christmas shopping, on thursday, more next week, once I start I like to get it finished. Know just what you mean about lack of space. I put things away in my flat and then I cannot find them. Hope you have a good weekend, I am off to North London haunts again tomorrow, this time with Callum.

    Hugs Nita.

  4. Do you missed for garage sales? it seems need to have one junk room for your unwanted store:-)
    NOT WORRIED and spend time for enjoy shopping.
    Enjoy your day,

  5. The Vets need more than lip service. Good links Beth. I hope you have a great weekend. The cheapest turkey is .79 cents a pound here right now.

  6. Not only are those statistics heart breaking, I believe they are also shameful for our country. It just shouldn't be like that.
    We all need a lazy day at times, or perhaps should say, I need a lazy day at times.
    Have a great weekend.

  7. Most of the numbers you posted about the Vets are awful. As a country, we should be thoroughly ashamed of ourselves. It's just wrong that so many are homeless and have substance abuse problems.

    I'll be shopping the turkey sales soon. Hope to get as good of deal as you did.

  8. Hi Beth, Those statistics are staggering and so sad.
    Have a great week!


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