Homeless Veteran With Children? Tough Luck!
Are you homeless? Are you female, or do you have children under 18? Did you sign and carry out a contract to fight for and defend your country? If you answered yes to all of the above, screw off.
Or at least, that seems to be what Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn is saying.
Bill S 1237 was blocked by senate votes today. The bill proposes additional funding for programs for veterans who are homeless and are either women, women with children, or men with children. See the proposed bill, and how a representative speaking for Sen. Coburn shuts it down:
“But Dr. Sangfroid, why should homeless female veterans get additional funding for their gender?” I’m glad you asked!
Homeless women veterans present different needs with reference to privacy, gender related care, treatment for physical and sexual trauma, and care for dependent children. Due to these compounding issues very few programs are available to serve and appropriately meet the needs of this particular homeless population.
While the stories of homeless veterans with children may or may not pluck at your heart strings, the facts are what matters. And the fact is, homeless parents and homeless women needs different treatment than other homeless male child-less veterans. By not providing these much needed accommodations, America is doing a huge disservice to the very people who keep their freedoms alive.
Look Sen. Coburn, I get what you’re saying. Pouring federal funds into a program to help those who are not able to immediately put funds back into the system during a time of recession is crappy. But too fucking bad. We pour federal funding into the war that these men and women have to fight, but we can’t put money into programs to support them after 4, 8, 10 years of serving your country?
You can contact your senator and let them know what you think.