Homeless veterans are targeted by criminals and thugs. They are beaten and robbed. John D'Amico, a homeless army veteran, was attacked and severely beaten by a group of teenagers who claimed they simply, "had nothing better to do."
"It is a national disgrace," says Executive Di-rector Gerald Johnson, "that our homeless veterans endure this violence on a regular basis. It is especially tragic that our terminally-ill homeless veterans must constantly live in fear while dealing with the difficulties of their ailment and homelessness."
America owes a debt of service to these brave veterans who fought for our freedoms and liberties and now find themselves homeless and terminally ill. That is why the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee launched its "S.O.S. for Our Homeless Veterans" pledge drive. Your pledge of support and generous donation enables the lobbying work that is necessary to get Congress to do right by our dying heroes.
Our vulnerable veterans living on the street with debilitating medical problems need our support. Your "S.O.S." builds grassroots support for our mission and our ultimate objective, to get Congress to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and to create a National Veterans Hospice Network. This network of hospice facilities will be dedicated to housing and caring for our homeless veterans who suffer with terminal illnesses.
It is discouraging and upsetting to learn about some of the experiences of homeless veterans and downright disgraceful that our terminally ill heroes are left to die on the street. They deserve a safe place to live out their final days in comfort. They need to be sounded by the appropriate care professionals to deal with their illnesses, not criminals and thugs. They need help to manage their pain and live their final days in comfort and peace.
-- April 22, 2014