More Assistance For Homeless Veterans Essay

1409 Words Jul 21st, 2016 6 Pages
More Assistance for Homeless Veterans Homelessness is an unfortunate occurrence that can affect some Americans, including non-veterans and veterans. A veteran "is a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable" (qtd. in Perl 2-3). In Jason Davis ' blog entry "The ‘Invisible Monster ': A Homeless Female Veteran 's Journey to Take Back Her Life from PTSD," he focuses Casondra Williams, a former homeless veteran. During Williams ' service in the Army, she was sexually assaulted many times by other soldiers; some of the encounters were not handled properly by superiors (Davis). A few years after departing the Army and obtaining a job, "personal issues," like "nightmares," "flashbacks," and "irritability" forced her to leave her job; she became homeless (Davis). For nearly three years, she stayed in many places that provided shelter, including homeless shelters, but none of which provided the resources she needed to overcome the hardship of homelessness (Davis). Eventually, she went to the VA for help and was diagnosed with PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Davis). After the diagnosis, Williams obtained permanent housing through the Housing and Urban Development Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing Program (Davis). Three years is a long time to be homeless; it should not take three years for a homeless veteran to receive help. Because veterans have served our country to…

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