Homeless Veterans - choice or failure

Homeless Veterans - choice or failure

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Homeless Veterans a point of view

Is it a choice?

I joined the Armed Forces in 1989 and left in 2007, during my time in the Army I served in many places around the globe in support of what I thought was the safety of my country and in honor of my Queen I have seen sights that people should not see, human beings destroyed by improvised explosive devices; people shot and killed or maimed they’re lives destroyed. Attacks on civilian populations during war time, burning buildings – burning cars and burning bodies. Gulf war 1 for example, I saw burnt and dead bodies at the side of the road on a daily basis, I saw oil fields on fire and missiles flying over head.

Ive seen the worst humanity has to give and during all this abomination and macabre desolate destructive nature that we call humanity, I have also seen the most beautiful and blessed acts of kindness.

A soldier stopping a convoy to help an old lady, a child giving a soldier a flower and a kiss, a father an old man who had walked for days to a medical facility in Afghanistan with his son on his back to save his life, he was treated and lived. This man who spoke no English what so ever, risked his life to save another, an act of selfless bravery and love towards another human being, his son. War is a terrible infliction man has on this amazing world that we live on, but sadly there are far worse things than war.

We go to war on orders of our government for one reason or another, the politicians and the controlled media society we live in would have you believe that our recent wars have been to support NATO or our Allies the USA. If you believe this you’re a fool, we went to war for GREED POWER and CONTROL for a global minority to control the rest of the globe due to GREED and POWER. I went to these places to look after the guys around me, to watch the men in front of me, behind me and to each side of me and to absolutely do my best to get them all back home safe. This is what Id expect from them in return, the politics of the war were for me pushed to one side, I did my job as best I could and I cared about why I was doing it and who for. War breeds evil, evil begs evil, not every person from Iraq Afghanistan Bosnia or Kosovo is a bad person, Ive met some great people from many varied backgrounds.

I have had many Operational tours during my career and even more afterwards since getting out, it can be tough work with long hot days and longer nights. Believe this if you will, you arrive and hear your first mortar attack and so you run to the nearest shelter for cover, you’re safe.

The intel report comes in and you read it was a 1000Llb blast 2km from your location with rocket propelled grenades from 4 individuals who have since been detained. These attacks happen so often that yes you become immune to them to the point that later in your tour if the mortar alarm goes off during the night, you will lie in bed and think aahh well if it hits me it hits me.

We Soldiers we mighty few have over the years done some terrible things, some good things and some amazing things all for our Governments who send us out to these places to fight for their continuation of state politics. We put our lives in front of everything else in order to achieve the mission, we dedicate our lives to what we do, we do our job as best as it can be done, we remain professional at all times because we know the world is watching, our families are watching our God is watching.

The career length of the Soldier is 22 years for your pension rights, some do more, during those 22 years you will probably see 7 or 8 operational tours in some hot sandy hole you do not ever want to go to but you must. This is what I call dedication courage selfless commitment and loyalty to name a few, the very ethos of the Armed forces operates on these and more core values. These values are installed into us, they are engrained into our very minds during basic training (brain washing) so during your career you must develop these ethics and utilize them daily. These values give you pride discipline diligence passion and honor in the things you do and more importantly in yourself.

It is a deadly destructive and deniably sad statement that the Government that sends us out to complete their dirty work does not have any of these core values themselves. These vile insipid spineless oxygen thieves that supposedly rule our country have indeed forgotten that the very freedom provided for them is provided at risk. The risk been our lives, the risk been our friends, the risk been our families, they have no conception of the life we have out in these places, no conception of the dangers we face and we do face them. They sit in their offices in Parliament claiming for all sorts of things at the expense of the taxpayer. Remember the expenses scandal of 2009? Yes they will come to visit us in the field, they will arrive in Camp Bastion and travel within Camp Bastion to shake hands with a few us and tell us a load of crap were not interested in then fly out again, this is then printed all over the newspapers and pushed out to society as propaganda news making us believe that Tony Blair for example is a good guy. Mark my words he is not, these people are in fact a danger to our society and our way of life, I digress. Great expectations indeed of such shallow inept heartless and mindless people, who have negated their way into our upper society echelons, our Government.

The bad stuff.

Now we do these things in the hope that if one day if things go drastically wrong, our Government will be there for us to maybe give us a hand getting back up and back on our feet.

Guess what – Theyre not. Our Government is devoid of all liability, from the top to the bottom they will not admit to there being a problem; responsibility is a great burden indeed.

The system that we have to enter into for help is flawed massively; our housing system and our benefits system is poor at best and is not set up for Ex Military people, the questions alone on the forms are not set up for us to answer. I got out after 17 years and moved into a house with a young woman from Basingstoke, we were happy and things were going well. This did not last though, a few months later we split up and I had nowhere to live, I went to see the local housing people to find out what I could sort out.

I filled in the forms as best I could with what I thought was relevant information and 2 weeks later I received my appointment to go and speak to a housing representative.

I am sorry but we don’t have anywhere for you to live, we can put you up in sheltered accommodation but you will have to move around.

My job is in Basingstoke so I need to be local to here for work.

I’m sorry but this is the best that I have for you right now.

So you’re telling me I’ve just completed nearly 20 years serving my country in the Armed Forces and you can’t get me anywhere to live.

A month had gone by now and living in my car was not nice, I had a few nights in my friends garage (Thanks Darren) but still I needed something more sustainable. I was not going to get any help so I d best look elsewhere.

I took on a job driving HGV for 4 day a week for a company in Basingstoke and I would live in the cab of the truck whilst working and wash in service stations.

My next move is illegal but I needed to survive, I took on another job for another haulage company and I worked 4 days for them also, so I was on 4 days on 4 days off for each company but effectively I was working constantly, all the time I was waiting for accommodation to come up, nothing came.

I pleaded with the local council to house me but I was denied, was I missing something, was I been dumb here, had I missed out something on the forms, what was going on. I had jumped through hoops and cut the red tape and still nothing was happening. I d been living in the cabs of the trucks now for over 2 months and I was a mess, I did not know I was in such a mess until I went home to Durham. One day I got a run to spennymoor up north so I decided to pop in and say hello to my Parents whilst I was up there. My Father took one look at me and told me in no uncertain terms to get my backside back home ASAP as this life was not working for me. My installed pride had held me back, my ethics and code had made me survive on what I had, my instinctive training had brought out my survival skills and I just went into that mode and stayed there. I was pretty messed up and did not even realize where I was or how I had even got there, I was working myself into oblivion.

Homelessness is not a choice, but a culmination of systematic failures put in place by our Government to control the society.

Life got better thanks to Mam and Dad, I got a house and a job, it was all going well.

Things took a spiral downwards a number of times, the worst been just lately when I suffered 5 deaths in the family including my Grandfather and my Mother, I split up at the same time and ended up in a  Friends spare room, cheers Craig. A little older and a lot wiser I hit the benefits office with vigor as I was in desperate need of something. 18 months later after tribunals and many meetings and visits to the job centre and various other benefit offices around the Northeast.Doctors meeting after doctors meeting, tests, trials and goodness knows what else, I finally got 27 pounds a week housing benefit, Id been living on £392.64 per month.

I had gone to charity after charity; the RBL could not do anything for me neither could SAAFA, I was stumped as what to do. in my time Ive helped out many veterans and their families with donations and signposting to various charities for help but I could do nothing for myself, shamed downtrodden depressed over losing my mother I was on the drink every day, my family walked away from me and left me to rot on my own burying their heads in the sand as they could not deal with me.

Now although my situation in both was not the best but still not the worst, the fact remains that there is very little in place that is effectively helping out Ex Military have a sustainable life outside in Civvy Street.

I finally got a job, I have no  idea how but none the less I got one and I have been working with a great team for nearly a year, I am focused, I am working, my head is up and my life is good. I am looking forward to the future and what it brings, a long way forward from wanting to end my life on a mat in my flat.

Its 2018 now moving into 2019 very soon and we have homeless soldiers on the streets; hang your bloody heads in shame people. There is simply no need to have anyone outside on the streets in our present day and age; this is completely unacceptable in every sense.

I have been there and nearly been there again, I did not ask for help from the Government but I asked others to help me. Individuals, small charities, friends, people who I knew would do something rather than nothing. The point is this, we Soldiers live in a very different world to others and when we get out and transition into civvy street we / some might need a little help when we fall to pieces. The Government should / must get in place a structured network of facilities to stop the homeless society of Ex Military growing. Throwing money at RBL – H4H – COMBAT STRESS is not the answer, the answer is to get a structured network of rehabilitation / mindful / protective / supporting Military style campus’s around Uk and staff them with the correct people to do the job effectively efficiently and with care. I have a plan for this, I presented my plan for this to an Ex Military man now a Millionaire, this man stole my concept and is using it, so again we are back to power greed and control. The factors here that are needed are trust – respect and understanding amongst others to allow us to have a practical duty of care over those who require it.

Government

you need to stand up and accept responsibility, and recognise your constitutional obligations.

Your responsible for creating us Soldiers, your responsible for sending us Soldiers overseas to represent you on foreign soil in war. You’re responsible for many young men’s deaths during the various operational tours we have deployed on. You’re responsible ultimately for our actions during these times and we know this so our professionalism shines through at all times. your responsibility to us does not end once our service ends as that would suffice to our service only been presented to you and the Crown for the period of our service. Our OATH is for life and long shall we serve. However, it is clear that the Oath you swear means nothing and is a joke and can be violated! The Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office are very important and they are binding!

Your responsibility should / must go beyond our service because of the effects our service has had on both our physical and our mental strength.

We have endured the worst for you yet you allow us to suffer on the roads and the streets of the very country we served in war to protect. YOU HAVE FAILED US.

We have left our families and resided in a 40-50 degrees of heat for months on end fighting an unknown enemy protecting their land, for what. We return injured, both physically and mentally and we get nothing from you in support. YOU HAVE FAILED US.

We have all had cocktails of injections to allow us to deploy to the various war zones, this has had a drastic effect on our psyche. You have not yet admitted to this and still deny gulf war syndrome exists whilst every other Government has accepted responsibility and acted on this in supporting their troops. YOU HAVE FAILED US.

The things we have seen in war have affected us and some have broken, these days of needing some small assistance to keep on going has been lacking desperately, some have ended up on the streets of their home lands as a last resort to hide away from the world in despair. YOU HAVE FAILED US.

You allow a draconian public body (Child Support Agency/Child Maintenance Service) to abuse us and cause us harm, you fail to take action to stop their unlawful behavior, you also allow witch hunts against our veterans yet pardon the terrorists! YOU HAVE FAILED US.

You have failed us at every single marker, you the leaders of the country elected by the people and expected to act for the people and report to the people, you have failed the people.

The people of this country effectively come first, not you nor the crown but the people of the united kingdom come first and foremost, that’s it, that’s the law and you have neglected to honor that, but to take care of yourselves. YOU HAVE FAILED US.

IF WE HAD FAILED YOU IN THE SAME DEGREE THAT YOU NOW FAIL US THE COUNTRY WOULD BE FACING A NATIONAL CRISIS.

Homelessness is not a choice, but a culmination of systematic failures put in place by our Government to control the society.

 

Homeless Veterans a point of view

Is it a choice?

I joined the Armed Forces in 1989 and left in 2007, during my time in the Army I served in many places around the globe in support of what I thought was the safety of my country and in honor of my Queen I have seen sights that people should not see, human beings destroyed by improvised explosive devices; people shot and killed or maimed they’re lives destroyed. Attacks on civilian populations during war time, burning buildings – burning cars and burning bodies. Gulf war 1 for example, I saw burnt and dead bodies at the side of the road on a daily basis, I saw oil fields on fire and missiles flying over head.

Ive seen the worst humanity has to give and during all this abomination and macabre desolate destructive nature that we call humanity, I have also seen the most beautiful and blessed acts of kindness.

A soldier stopping a convoy to help an old lady, a child giving a soldier a flower and a kiss, a father an old man who had walked for days to a medical facility in Afghanistan with his son on his back to save his life, he was treated and lived. This man who spoke no English what so ever, risked his life to save another, an act of selfless bravery and love towards another human being, his son. War is a terrible infliction man has on this amazing world that we live on, but sadly there are far worse things than war.

We go to war on orders of our government for one reason or another, the politicians and the controlled media society we live in would have you believe that our recent wars have been to support NATO or our Allies the USA. If you believe this you’re a fool, we went to war for GREED POWER and CONTROL for a global minority to control the rest of the globe due to GREED and POWER. I went to these places to look after the guys around me, to watch the men in front of me, behind me and to each side of me and to absolutely do my best to get them all back home safe. This is what Id expect from them in return, the politics of the war were for me pushed to one side, I did my job as best I could and I cared about why I was doing it and who for. War breeds evil, evil begs evil, not every person from Iraq Afghanistan Bosnia or Kosovo is a bad person, Ive met some great people from many varied backgrounds.

I have had many Operational tours during my career and even more afterwards since getting out, it can be tough work with long hot days and longer nights. Believe this if you will, you arrive and hear your first mortar attack and so you run to the nearest shelter for cover, you’re safe.

The intel report comes in and you read it was a 1000Llb blast 2km from your location with rocket propelled grenades from 4 individuals who have since been detained. These attacks happen so often that yes you become immune to them to the point that later in your tour if the mortar alarm goes off during the night, you will lie in bed and think aahh well if it hits me it hits me.

We Soldiers we mighty few have over the years done some terrible things, some good things and some amazing things all for our Governments who send us out to these places to fight for their continuation of state politics. We put our lives in front of everything else in order to achieve the mission, we dedicate our lives to what we do, we do our job as best as it can be done, we remain professional at all times because we know the world is watching, our families are watching our God is watching.

The career length of the Soldier is 22 years for your pension rights, some do more, during those 22 years you will probably see 7 or 8 operational tours in some hot sandy hole you do not ever want to go to but you must. This is what I call dedication courage selfless commitment and loyalty to name a few, the very ethos of the Armed forces operates on these and more core values. These values are installed into us, they are engrained into our very minds during basic training (brain washing) so during your career you must develop these ethics and utilize them daily. These values give you pride discipline diligence passion and honor in the things you do and more importantly in yourself.

It is a deadly destructive and deniably sad statement that the Government that sends us out to complete their dirty work does not have any of these core values themselves. These vile insipid spineless oxygen thieves that supposedly rule our country have indeed forgotten that the very freedom provided for them is provided at risk. The risk been our lives, the risk been our friends, the risk been our families, they have no conception of the life we have out in these places, no conception of the dangers we face and we do face them. They sit in their offices in Parliament claiming for all sorts of things at the expense of the taxpayer. Remember the expenses scandal of 2009? Yes they will come to visit us in the field, they will arrive in Camp Bastion and travel within Camp Bastion to shake hands with a few us and tell us a load of crap were not interested in then fly out again, this is then printed all over the newspapers and pushed out to society as propaganda news making us believe that Tony Blair for example is a good guy. Mark my words he is not, these people are in fact a danger to our society and our way of life, I digress. Great expectations indeed of such shallow inept heartless and mindless people, who have negated their way into our upper society echelons, our Government.

The bad stuff.

Now we do these things in the hope that if one day if things go drastically wrong, our Government will be there for us to maybe give us a hand getting back up and back on our feet.

Guess what – Theyre not. Our Government is devoid of all liability, from the top to the bottom they will not admit to there being a problem; responsibility is a great burden indeed.

The system that we have to enter into for help is flawed massively; our housing system and our benefits system is poor at best and is not set up for Ex Military people, the questions alone on the forms are not set up for us to answer. I got out after 17 years and moved into a house with a young woman from Basingstoke, we were happy and things were going well. This did not last though, a few months later we split up and I had nowhere to live, I went to see the local housing people to find out what I could sort out.

I filled in the forms as best I could with what I thought was relevant information and 2 weeks later I received my appointment to go and speak to a housing representative.

I am sorry but we don’t have anywhere for you to live, we can put you up in sheltered accommodation but you will have to move around.

My job is in Basingstoke so I need to be local to here for work.

I’m sorry but this is the best that I have for you right now.

So you’re telling me I’ve just completed nearly 20 years serving my country in the Armed Forces and you can’t get me anywhere to live.

A month had gone by now and living in my car was not nice, I had a few nights in my friends garage (Thanks Darren) but still I needed something more sustainable. I was not going to get any help so I d best look elsewhere.

I took on a job driving HGV for 4 day a week for a company in Basingstoke and I would live in the cab of the truck whilst working and wash in service stations.

My next move is illegal but I needed to survive, I took on another job for another haulage company and I worked 4 days for them also, so I was on 4 days on 4 days off for each company but effectively I was working constantly, all the time I was waiting for accommodation to come up, nothing came.

I pleaded with the local council to house me but I was denied, was I missing something, was I been dumb here, had I missed out something on the forms, what was going on. I had jumped through hoops and cut the red tape and still nothing was happening. I d been living in the cabs of the trucks now for over 2 months and I was a mess, I did not know I was in such a mess until I went home to Durham. One day I got a run to spennymoor up north so I decided to pop in and say hello to my Parents whilst I was up there. My Father took one look at me and told me in no uncertain terms to get my backside back home ASAP as this life was not working for me. My installed pride had held me back, my ethics and code had made me survive on what I had, my instinctive training had brought out my survival skills and I just went into that mode and stayed there. I was pretty messed up and did not even realize where I was or how I had even got there, I was working myself into oblivion.

Homelessness is not a choice, but a culmination of systematic failures put in place by our Government to control the society.

Life got better thanks to Mam and Dad, I got a house and a job, it was all going well.

Things took a spiral downwards a number of times, the worst been just lately when I suffered 5 deaths in the family including my Grandfather and my Mother, I split up at the same time and ended up in a  Friends spare room, cheers Craig. A little older and a lot wiser I hit the benefits office with vigor as I was in desperate need of something. 18 months later after tribunals and many meetings and visits to the job centre and various other benefit offices around the Northeast.Doctors meeting after doctors meeting, tests, trials and goodness knows what else, I finally got 27 pounds a week housing benefit, Id been living on £392.64 per month.

I had gone to charity after charity; the RBL could not do anything for me neither could SAAFA, I was stumped as what to do. in my time Ive helped out many veterans and their families with donations and signposting to various charities for help but I could do nothing for myself, shamed downtrodden depressed over losing my mother I was on the drink every day, my family walked away from me and left me to rot on my own burying their heads in the sand as they could not deal with me.

Now although my situation in both was not the best but still not the worst, the fact remains that there is very little in place that is effectively helping out Ex Military have a sustainable life outside in Civvy Street.

I finally got a job, I have no  idea how but none the less I got one and I have been working with a great team for nearly a year, I am focused, I am working, my head is up and my life is good. I am looking forward to the future and what it brings, a long way forward from wanting to end my life on a mat in my flat.

Its 2018 now moving into 2019 very soon and we have homeless soldiers on the streets; hang your bloody heads in shame people. There is simply no need to have anyone outside on the streets in our present day and age; this is completely unacceptable in every sense.

I have been there and nearly been there again, I did not ask for help from the Government but I asked others to help me. Individuals, small charities, friends, people who I knew would do something rather than nothing. The point is this, we Soldiers live in a very different world to others and when we get out and transition into civvy street we / some might need a little help when we fall to pieces. The Government should / must get in place a structured network of facilities to stop the homeless society of Ex Military growing. Throwing money at RBL – H4H – COMBAT STRESS is not the answer, the answer is to get a structured network of rehabilitation / mindful / protective / supporting Military style campus’s around Uk and staff them with the correct people to do the job effectively efficiently and with care. I have a plan for this, I presented my plan for this to an Ex Military man now a Millionaire, this man stole my concept and is using it, so again we are back to power greed and control. The factors here that are needed are trust – respect and understanding amongst others to allow us to have a practical duty of care over those who require it.

Government

you need to stand up and accept responsibility, and recognise your constitutional obligations.

Your responsible for creating us Soldiers, your responsible for sending us Soldiers overseas to represent you on foreign soil in war. You’re responsible for many young men’s deaths during the various operational tours we have deployed on. You’re responsible ultimately for our actions during these times and we know this so our professionalism shines through at all times. your responsibility to us does not end once our service ends as that would suffice to our service only been presented to you and the Crown for the period of our service. Our OATH is for life and long shall we serve. However, it is clear that the Oath you swear means nothing and is a joke and can be violated! The Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office are very important and they are binding!

Your responsibility should / must go beyond our service because of the effects our service has had on both our physical and our mental strength.

We have endured the worst for you yet you allow us to suffer on the roads and the streets of the very country we served in war to protect. YOU HAVE FAILED US.

We have left our families and resided in a 40-50 degrees of heat for months on end fighting an unknown enemy protecting their land, for what. We return injured, both physically and mentally and we get nothing from you in support. YOU HAVE FAILED US.

We have all had cocktails of injections to allow us to deploy to the various war zones, this has had a drastic effect on our psyche. You have not yet admitted to this and still deny gulf war syndrome exists whilst every other Government has accepted responsibility and acted on this in supporting their troops. YOU HAVE FAILED US.

The things we have seen in war have affected us and some have broken, these days of needing some small assistance to keep on going has been lacking desperately, some have ended up on the streets of their home lands as a last resort to hide away from the world in despair. YOU HAVE FAILED US.

You allow a draconian public body (Child Support Agency/Child Maintenance Service) to abuse us and cause us harm, you fail to take action to stop their unlawful behavior, you also allow witch hunts against our veterans yet pardon the terrorists! YOU HAVE FAILED US.

You have failed us at every single marker, you the leaders of the country elected by the people and expected to act for the people and report to the people, you have failed the people.

The people of this country effectively come first, not you nor the crown but the people of the united kingdom come first and foremost, that’s it, that’s the law and you have neglected to honor that, but to take care of yourselves. YOU HAVE FAILED US.

IF WE HAD FAILED YOU IN THE SAME DEGREE THAT YOU NOW FAIL US THE COUNTRY WOULD BE FACING A NATIONAL CRISIS.

Homelessness is not a choice, but a culmination of systematic failures put in place by our Government to control the society.

 

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