Perpetuation of Veteran Poverty

THE PERPETUATION OF VETERAN POVERTY

This writing is an attempt to right the wrongs done to Veterans who have been in dire straights if you will because of their disabilities, and/or in some cases because of those who have taken advantage of their situation of having a hard time adapting back to civilian life, the difficulty of having a hard time relating to the everyday interactions, and what is supposed to be

nectar of a dream

nectar of a dream

Perpetuation of Veteran poverty – skid row is not my path to the freedom land

important in this seemingly new life.

1/29/16 @ 23:15:32

I have been writing this in the essence of years of experience, and the exasperation of my soul, and the souls of many of Veterans, Both Women, and Men. The urgency has been at hand since the time of the civil war, likely before, in this nation and the many nations who put there people on the front lines of protection (etc.).

I start out with an edited letter (DM) i have written to Stephanie Stone who is

Chief Deputy Director at Department of Military and Veteran Affairs and Former Chair/Current Commissioner at Los Angeles County Veterans Advisory Commission Studied Government and Public Affairs at Coro Southern California

, in a response to her asking about one of my comments i made about many nonprofits, where i stated something to the extent that they, (some) nonprofits don’t have the true interest of Veterans at the heart of their organizations:

**perpetuation of Veteran poverty**

hi Stephanie

basically breaking down the message that I speak about:

Much of the Veteran poverty is equated to several factors:

Mental Health Complications

Physical Health Complications

Low income or no income then exacerbates these complications

CoFactors will then also include

The difficulty of finding an amicable transition back to civilian life

including:

lack of healthy nutritional food

lack of professionals who are out there “helping” Veterans, but who have no training in how to work with people with their complications relating to mental health and physical injuries they have suffered.

the lack of interest to find out what the Veteran wants to do as a career, and to be able to help the Veteran to get to the capacity of being able to take the journey to this path, and then to have a therapist/Social Worker to work with the Veteran to get them there – starting from whichever point the Veteran is at. Personally, i have seen none of this happening, except for i go to outside sources to find my help – which all Veterans will not do for one reason or another, not that they cannot be guided to do so.

these factors and cofactors then are exacerbated when Veterans are taken advantage of by those supposedly trying to help them, when they really don’t have the best interest of the Veteran at heart. The people can be good meaningful people, but perhaps they have not the capacity to think of and activate plans that will then and the most productive levels help Veterans to the best life possible.

The primary contributors to the Perpetuation to Veterans Poverty though, it is those who actually get monies to help Veterans transition, and to get them a place to live, and these people or organizations are not remotely looking out for the best interest of the Veteran, rather they are looking to see what they can gain from it.

Example: as you know, California has been awarded with the biggest grant for homelessness.

contractors –and nonprofits alike – who will prosper on the misery and unfortunate state of Veterans who are poor. Certainly, i have no statistics, but i am positive through interviews and research we can get them. At this point, i don’t believe that there has been anybody interested to get the statistics in order to make change that will make the best situation for the Veterans and not those who say they are helping us to get more money into their pockets, for a greater expansion of properties. These properties come from resources allocated to Veterans.

This is all because the best interest of Veterans is not at hand.

lets try to find some of the money. this is only a few  sights of what i found just now in researching, and i am positive that there is likely much more to find.

https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VHHP

http://www.hcd.ca.gov/financial-assistance/

http://cironline.org/reports/california-homebuying-program-veterans-hands-out-few-loans-4515

With these findings, there should then be questions. where is the money coming from – are agencies getting free money and lending it out? There needs to be questions, and there needs to be answers in order to get to the place of really helping Veterans transition into the best life possible – which equates to getting out of poverty… but not only thathelping all who served.

here are just a couple brief examples that i found of the discrepancies within the homeless shelters for Veterans:

nonprofits get a stipend for every Veteran, yet Veterans stay codependent on the nonprofits who are profiting with landholdings and some of the workers with lofty salaries – but no answer to their part (as an agency and worker for the agency) in the perpetuation of Veteran poverty. Likely, these people never think of Veterans and how to get them the best help possible, because they do not have to and are not compelled to do so.

I have’s experience subpar nutrition, subpart care, and aggravations of depression and PTSD. Conclusively, the Veteran leaves co dependent to the nonprofit and/or contractor “providing services”. They never become the landholders which would be a step to reversing the poverty.

My contention here is that there could be much more that could be done to alleviate poverty instead of perpetuating it. Instead, Veterans are put into substandard shelter (maybe there are good locations too – not my experience).

My final contention is, that – as well as mental health and physical health considerations for stability: there also has to be financial securities to be considered for stability.

For example – there are nonprofits and contractors who say they are helping Veterans who are becoming millionaires, and billionaires. They are the holders of mass amounts of property and resources that they have acquired because they manipulated their way into getting monies (for some of them) to build or refurbish properties for free and still get more monies from the Veterans themselves – which is the continuous taking advantage of the Veterans who are poor.

– if the monies were granted to the veterans for the interest of veterans

– we should be given the opportunity to establish a movement, and that movement is for veterans to start owning their own condos or whatever properties which would stop the perpetuation of poverty and they would have a chance to experience stability on this front.

so, the importance of this message is that there needs to be a look at mental health, physical health, and financial health according to what is being allotted for Veterans

vs

The profit of the greedy who are gaining all of the resources because of our condition instead of looking out for the best interest of the Veteran

this is just off the top of my head – if I had the ability to do my research, people to investigate etc. I could bring more facts to the table

and I have ideas for solutions

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Now, this letter to Stephanie may have been a bit crass, and a bit judgmental based on the bad experiences that i had in the homeless shelters that i have stayed in for Veterans; but, there is much truth to it, and i hope to implore some ideas for solutions.

I don’t have the capacity to do this, especially by myself, for we would need a meeting place — equipment to have meetings throughout the states including Hawaii and Puerto Rico which is not connected. I don’t have access, and would need help with the research, which i am hoping UNIVERSITIES will consider having me be part of a team, though not enrolled, as i will do my Masters, and Ph.D. which may not be in this exact area, but still.

perpetuation of Veteran poverty ideas for change

To make a **coalition** **of** **Veterans** through networking on the internet and in person. there are many veterans who are homeless, and to understand the depth and complexities of difficulties to be addressed, we need to hear many of the voices.

I personally, will be willing to meet with Universities who are serious about making this a research project, and about educating the U.S. To make the positive changes necessary to help Veterans.

**Research items**:

HOW MUCH IS GIVEN TO NONPROFITS IN THE NAME OF VETERANS

MAKE GRAPHS OF WHAT THESE MONIES ARE SUPPOSED TO USED FOR

MAKE PROPOSALS TO NONPROFITS TO CONTRIBUTE HEAVILY TO THIS PROJECT — TO SET US VETERANS FREE OUT OF THEIR CLUTCHES OF POVERTY BEING PERPETUATED &/OR BECAUSE FUNDS WERE NOT SPENT IN OUR BEST INTERESTS.

RESEARCH HEALTH ISSUES:

FROM NUTRITION — IF THE FOOD IS ADEQUATE

MENTAL HEALTH — ARE VETERANS — ESPECIALLY WITH DISABILITIES BEING ABUSED BY THE FACILITATORS OF THE NONPROFITS.

PHYSICAL HEALTH — IS THERE SUPPORT AND PROPER CARE

OTHER FINANCIAL HEALTH ISSUES — ARE THEY BEING ADDRESSED ACCORDING TO THE INTEREST OF THE VETERAN, OR WHAT THE ORGANIZATION “THINKS” IS BEST.

I will, or have already made a page for all Veterans to publish on, posts will have to be approved by me or other administrators (when needed).

Women Veterans including also Mothers & others who**** are at risk of or are homeless.

forming a coalition of Veterans who have the same purpose of breaking out of poverty

to have recorded accounts of what happens and how Veterans are treated

keep it going for the research team by giving monthly reports from the coalition, and taking names and contacts of those willing to be interviewed.

get contacts of Veterans and names and contacts of staff that disservice us, as well as examples of the good staff — what is working

**SOME SOLUTIONS**

Veteran based Collaboratives:

This would be a **TRUE** Veterans Village — where all resources available for homeless Veterans, and Veterans on VASH would be contributions to a condo Complex, also built with funds to end Veteran homeless — would be used for Veterans to purchase this from the government at fair cost of the VA contract with the contractor. Other contributing factors will be grants that have typically. Gone to non-profits. The Veterans who are in the perspective Coalitions for Veteran homeowners Collaborative — we will have grant writers that will show the moneys given to this project will be much better spent, and will not have to be repeated as often — this idea/plan will put the nonprofits out of business in essence — which is a good thing, meaning that Veteran homelessness will be truly wiped out, as well as poverty, making affordable places for Veterans to live — which they will own eventually making them shareholders in the property instead of the non-profits and contractors being the nobly ones being property holders where the Veterans remain impoverished and codependent on a uncertain way of living.

Naturally, there will have to be other factors considered, concerning Veteran contributions from those both who are disabled, and those who are working poor, and or even middle class — anyone who is a Veteran — with a good conduct release should be eligible for the Collaborative — we must all comply to certain rules to keep our holdings, and there should be then contingency plans for those who can’t — in other words, there may have to be different kind of properties, one’s that are not as strict with it’s rules… Maybe, so that those who may struggle with certain challenges will still have an opportunity to participate in land/property ownership — giving all Veterans an opportunity to escape poverty if you will.

The properties will be friendly toward we who have disabilities as well as those who have no signs of disabilities and/or who are also not disabled. The thoughtfulness will lean toward those with disabilities as to facilitate properly for all Veterans!

Meanwhile, the homeless shelters (transitional spaces) for Veterans must be investigated if you will, there must be surprise visits by undercover Veterans to report the true conditions and treatment. And then, make sure all money are spent accordingly for Veterans, with the transitional state of this outdated and ineffective way of handling the crisis that Veterans face, and to ensure that people no longer profit on our misfortune, that we finally get taken care of, and the monies given for Veteran care — Go to Veterans for our care — in the most effective way possible… Currently, i contend, it is deplorable.

thank U my Veteran Family, and Civilian Advocates for sharing this, and helping to make it a reality that we who served in the Military – will no longer be taken advantage of. This is the journey.

later, i will add a brief paragraph or shorter of what the whole paper is about – i know U know what it is. and i will make a shorter version in hopes to send it to Universities for research and stories on it, as well as to newspapers and other media.