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Friday, May 19, 2006

"Crazed Homeless Veteran" Smear raises its ugly head again

This shit makes me so angry I... I don't even have the words. Don't be surprised when Bin Laden references this Al-Reuters article in his next taped address. "This war makes your young soldiers into poor, mentally ill, drug-addled, homeless single mothers with no job skills," he'll solemnly report.

Some Iraq war vets go homeless after return to US

The nightmare of Iraq was bad enough for Vanessa Gamboa. Unprepared for combat beyond her basic training, the supply specialist soon found herself in a firefight, commanding a handful of clerks.


The battle, on a supply delivery run, ended without casualties, and it did little to steel Gamboa for what awaited her back home in Brooklyn.

When the single mother was discharged in April, after her second tour in Iraq, she was 24 and had little money and no place to live. She slept in her son's day-care center.

Gamboa is part of a small but growing trend among U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars -- homelessness.

On any given night the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) helps 200 to 250 of them, and more go uncounted. They are among nearly 200,000 homeless veterans in America, largely from the Vietnam War.

Advocates say the number of homeless veterans is certain to grow, just as it did in the years following the Vietnam and Gulf wars, as a consequence of the stresses of war and inadequate job training.

Jesus wept. They don't even try to disguise their anti-war bias. But hey! They support the troops! They support those tragic, broken, homeless troopers.

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