In homelessness, social justice is having a place where the homeless people can come and live instead of living on the streets. Some of us have a sense of social justice in America but not all and we still have a problem with homelessness. Economic justice is being able to have all homeless people have a home and a job so they can live independently. America’s government is not helping enough to give the homeless people this independence. When homeless people do not have a job they do not get to input into the economic process, so participative justice is not happening for them.
War veterans make up 23 percent of the homeless population, it is due to the lack of aid programs, and program funding that leaves them without a shelter. Veteran homelessness fixes along with mental illnesses such as PTSD. Mental Disabilities account for 20 percent of the homeless population. This includes drug and alcohol addiction, “or other vulnerabilities that render the individual unfit or unable to obtain his or her own domicile” (Homeless, Gale 2014). The list has been growing exponentially as the years go by.
Many of those who applied for both unemployment and disability were rejected because post-traumatic stress disorder was not yet recognized as a medical disorder. The speaker realizes he is being declined employment possibly due to his time in war when the employer says, “Son, don’t you understand” (Springsteen). The speaker doesn’t understand why he is being treated so poorly considering he is returning from fighting for their country. In addition to losing a lot back home, such as a job, a home, and many other possibilities, the speaker also loses a friend and a brother overseas; “I had a brother at Khe Sanh fighting off the Viet Cong / They 're still there, he 's all gone” (Springsteen). Khe Sanh was one of the largest battles in Vietnam; during the span of seventy-seven days, over ten thousand communist forces and around five hundred U.S. Marines were killed in action (History.com Staff).
However many of them don’t know the reasons that they had to leave their home country and be put in refugee camps as well being brought to the U.S. by charitable organizations with religious thoughts. Those organizations help those Somali Refugee families that have been forced out of their home country due to war to live in a better and stable country. With the help of those charitable organizations change for many Somali families to be able feel safe at all times of the day and not feel threatened or scared to leave their homes. Yet many people to judge Somali Refugees in America, people don’t have understanding the motives
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lanier has entered what he calls the "vast unknown." A combat veteran and father to four daughters, he can 't remain in the military because of a serious back injury earned in Iraq. But he can 't yet accept a civilian job because he doesn 't know when the military will discharge him. He has no clue how much the government will pay him in disability compensation related to his injury, so he can 't make a future budget.
Homelessness amongst veterans is a very big concern in the United States for those returning from the military. According to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (2014), it was estimated that there were about 49,933 veterans out at night (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs). That is a big number for people who were out there serving our country and sacrificing themselves and putting their lives on the line. Many of them are coming to be in this position because of transition issues, substance abuse, mental health issues and housing limitations. We must be able to understand and relate to these issues that the veterans are having in order to help them overcome the homelessness and find housing and employment.
Since the movie is set years after the Vietnam war, it was understandable why many people misjudged and mistreated veterans that came back from the war. A lot of Americans were upset of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam and while taking it out on the government, veterans are the ones that suffer the most. I have always heard stories about how veterans that came back from Vietnam were treated, but watching the movie made it seem more real. People at the time had a complete lack of a multicultural mindset for the veterans and what they had been through in the war and how they had been affected physically and mentally. It was particularly evident in the movie that the police completely underestimated the abilities of Rambo, because of
While circumstances can vary, an individual’s first choice is rarely to choose homelessness due to the inability to afford housing or other unforeseen circumstances. The support of friends, family, and community programs/shelters are first suggestions when a person becomes displaced. When these suggestions become inadequate, living on the streets is the next favorable/affordable option. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on a night in January of 2015, there were 564,708 people homeless in the United States (para 3). On a larger scale, more than one million people are homeless in America and of that population, 50 percent are chronically addicted to alcohol, drugs, or both (Substance abuse mental health, 2011 para 6).
Poverty is inquiring for help daily. Many veterans who returned home from Vietnam are looking for a home and don’t have a family. Numerous places in the world have homes for these people who have fought for their lives and it provides them with shelter, food, and even a job. These homes for the veterans let them adjust back to their regular life. Poverty not only affects a person to be physically tired, but it also influences them into being mentally tired.
Family homelessness is one of the major social problems, particularly women with children homelessness. Homeless families with children are the fastest growing group of homeless population in the U.S. In 2015, 206,286 people in families with children were homeless on a given night that indicates 36 % of the total U.S. homeless population. While most of them were sheltered, only 20,462 people in families with children lived under bridges, in cars, or in abandoned buildings (US Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2015). In fact, the study shows that 84% of family homeless are headed by single mothers with two children and 42% of children in homeless families are under age six.
Many of the military 's veteran benefits for employment and education have also suffered from a lack of funding and support. Employers are required by law to hold the jobs of soldiers and reinstate a veteran into their job upon their return from service, yet many veterans who have sustained physical and psychological injuries find it impossible to return to their previous employment. The GI Bill has helped many returning veterans go to college and seek better employment. However, this benefit is disappearing. The U.S. Army, in order to offset the large cost of the Iraq War, has asked new recruits to pay $100 a month, or $1200 in their first year, to receive educational benefits.
But that brings up memories, good and bad. Some soldiers say that they miss war. They don’t have a reason in civilian life. That is the main component to this disorder. They don’t feel like they deserve to live over the people who died in combat.
When on deployment, the soldier could spend several months away from their homes and families. Because of this, mental illness usually emerges. In fact, “AR soldiers who deployed multiple (two or more) times were significantly more likely than those who deployed once to screen positive for depression and alcohol concerns” (“Impact of Deployment”). Among symptoms of PTSD, depression and alcoholism are also present in many soldiers after deployment. Another study concludes that, “11% to 17% of combat veterans are at risk for mental disorders in 3 to 4 months after return from combat duty” (“Impact of Deployment”).
As a Marine, I think that I saw how unfortunate family life can subsist within the infrastructure. Aside from a few senior enlisted during my eight years tenure, I cannot remember seeing a family that did not break up or which I believed would eventually break up. I have also experienced a lot of hardships that the military can place upon its members. As I exited the Marines and eventually began reconnecting with other military members, I noticed that the guys were not alright. Since I have often felt to be the “odd duck” amongst other military members and veterans, I also knew that this “out-of-steppedness” allows me to see life from another’s point of view, judge others less harshly, and act empathetically towards others—the qualities that are needed to give dignity to those of my community who need it most.