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Something to think about this Thanksgiving.

Staff Sergeant Michael Hall saw so many people die in Iraq he felt guilty about coming home alive. To dull the pain, he started doing, then dealing, methamphetamines. Within two years he was homeless – one of 400,000 homeless vets who sleep on America's streets every year.

You can see pictures of Staff Sergeant Hall and listen to his story here

Something to think about this Thanksgiving.

Staff Sergeant Michael Hall saw so many people die in Iraq he felt guilty about coming home alive. To dull the pain, he started doing, then dealing, methamphetamines. Within two years he was homeless – one of 400,000 homeless vets who sleep on America's streets every year.

You can see pictures of Staff Sergeant Hall and listen to his story here

Did you know?

One out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served this country.

How well do you know your facts about U.S. veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan? Take the War Comes Home "Did You Know?" Quizand find out!

by Aaron Glantz, Author How America Lost Iraq

Originally posted to War Comes Home on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 07:44 AM PST.

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  •  Speed is a nasty drug (0+ / 1-)
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    There's no excuse for abusing it.

    Not even Dumblya's bloodbath in the desert.

    I can feel for a veteran coming home from that insane shithole, but tweakers all have excuses.

    There's treatment available.

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable - JFK

    by SecondComing on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 09:38:23 AM PST

    •  There speaks someone who is clueless. (0+ / 0-)

      And treatment may NOT be available for vets.  WHat reality do you live in that you don't know about hte mess the vet is in?  He's homeless and dead broke.  He can't afford rehab--that's for people with good health insurance.

      FOr thsi unkind remark and this lack of empathy--you really need some help yourself.  

      PTSD sufferers self-medicate BECAUSE the waiting lsit for help it so damend long, IF they are actually  acknowledged as having PTSD (and ht emiltiary is throwing people out claiming htey had Personality DIsorders, not PTSD, to avoid treating htem).

      This deserves a TR  for lack of compassion, but I am out of donuts, asshole.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 10:00:45 AM PST

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      •  I can verify that (1+ / 0-)
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        I have a friend who served if the first gulf war. He had problems and the military denied them. They gave him treatment with some crappy drug that did nothing. He too resorted to meth use.

        •  As far as I am concerned the psoter I replied to (0+ / 0-)

          is either a self-righteous asshole prick or needs a swift kick into reality adminsitered in the teeth--preferably by a vet with PTSD who has been refuse treatment.

          Or it's my sister-in-law who recently changed her name to SIter Bertha Betterthanyou  and now owns a reserved seat int he Amen Pew in the First Self RIghteous Baptist church.

          The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

          by irishwitch on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 11:11:46 PM PST

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    •  My odnuts have returned, and (0+ / 0-)

      I am giving oen to you for being either too stupid to lvie and thus a waste of oxygen or such a self-righteous asshoel as to be a waste of oxygen,. Myh suband has PTSD.  I watched him suffer for ten years before he finally talked about it. He never abused drugs or alcohol but he intense nightmares and botus of insomnia were bad enough.

      It is all too obvious, you asshat, that you lck compassion, empathy and the slightest ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes.  And I sicnerely doubt you;'ve EVER been in combat, seen friends blown to bits beofre your eyes, or, as myu shuband has, seen a mother curled up over her infant's body, tryign to shield itfroma chemical weapons attak or a litile girl who was holdign onto her dog during the sme attack-=-chewed up by the dog in its death throes.  Witness that and we'll discuss wither someoen like you really  is any kind of human being,. CUrrently, I am voting no--thsoe vets onm meth deserve far more symapthy than you do.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 11:16:58 PM PST

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