Now that the Memorial Day barbeques have faded and the media is done with its token nod to our veterans (usually includes a cemetery shot and a camera pan across a parade of men in uniform), we can all go back to our lives and stop pretending we care about those that have served our country in war.
In the spring of 2008, Andrew Leonard posted an article on salon.com called “Overbuilt America”. He writes:
“The key figure is 2.3 million — the total number of homes that are empty and for sale. That adds up to a vacancy rate of 2.9 percent…According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Second Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, released in March 2008, the total number of homeless persons reported on a single night in January 2006 was 759,101… that would mean there are 24 unoccupied homes for every homeless person in the United States.”
This information is from the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans:
“About one-third of the adult homeless population are veterans… the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) estimate that over 67,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness. Only eight percent of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly one-fifth of the homeless population are veterans.”
I know it’s not wise to blog religion or politics for a guy making music and writing books and it’s the main reason people unfollow on Facebook and Twitter. Next week I promise to get back to writing about heavy metal or boobs. Maybe both.