Homeless Veterans Essay

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Every year the United States government has to agree on a federal budget for fiscal policy. The federal budget breaks down how and on what the country’s revenue will be spent. The budget is divided into several parts, including military spending, veteran benefits, health and science, education, transportation, etc. The national government sets aside approximately fifty-four percent of the federal revenue for military expenses such as guns, tanks, ammunition, etc. These expenses do not include the pay of those who serve in the military. Only six percent of national spending is reserved for veteran benefits. Collecting veteran benefits is a lengthy process because of the lack of funding from the federal government, and it is often too late before …show more content…

Serving in the military can be a very traumatic experience. War entails a lot of conflict, shootings, and bombings. About twelve percent of all veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Also, twenty-three percent of women reported sexual assault while serving in the military, and fifty-five percent reported having experienced sexual harassment when in the military. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not the only mental illness that these conditions have caused. Plenty of veterans also suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and dissociative identity …show more content…

This puts America as the country with the most military spending. The U.S. government and defense department are constantly trying to find new weapons to use in combat. Contrary to popular thought, this money is not used to pay servicemembers; it is strictly used for “war spending; nuclear weapons spending; international military assistance; and other Pentagon-related spending.” Military spending is the largest funded area of the national budget. Taxpayers’ money is being spent predominantly on military spending. Unfortunately, the money used for the military greatly outnumbers the money used for those who serve in

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