Saturday, December 29, 2012

Remembering General H. "Stormin'" Norman Schwarzkopf; FDNY's Busy Year; Number of Homeless Veterans Increased

"It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle."...Gen. Normal Schwarzkopf

General Norman Schwarzkopf Remembered As A Hero Of The Millennial Generation

Every generation has its military heroes. For the Millennium's, it was General Schwarzkopf.  In addition to being one of  that generation's greatest generals, Schwarzkopf was also a highly decorated combat veteran and brilliant tactician.

The General served two tours of duty in Vietnam where he earned three Silver Stars for valor, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.  In one incident in Vietnam, he rescued troops who were trapped in a minefield.

But more Americans are familiar with his leading the Desert Storm invasion of Iraq in 1991 and driving Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait.

Schwarzkopf was born in Trenton, New Jersey on August 24, 1934. His father, Col. H. Schwarzkopf, was the founder of the New Jersey State Police. The General attended West Point and later received a Masters degree from the University of Southern California. It was in 1966 when he volunteered to serve in Vietnam.
NY Post, Wikipedia and Forbes

FDNY Had A Busy Year

The Fire Department of New York City had the second busiest year in their history. The Bravest responded to 495,000 emergencies this year. In 2010, the FDNY responded to over one-half million emergencies. Think about these numbers. There are 365 days in a year. You do the math.

Homeless Veterans Numbers Increase

I've often said there should never be a veteran sleeping on any American street. Unfortunately, the number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes has more than doubled in just the past two years.

Today, approximately 27,000 veterans are living on our streets or living in temporary housing.  The VA reports there are probably more homeless vets but these include only those who come to the attention of the VA. Fortunately, the VA does offer federal vouchers to veterans to help them pay for rent.

There is some good news (if that's what one can call it). The total number of homeless veterans decreased in the last several years from approximately 76,000 to about 68,000 now.

Where can homeless veterans get help? The following are some excellent resources:

  • The VA homeless hotline: 877-424-3838
  • National Coalition For Homeless Veterans: 1-800-VET-HELP


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