By William Shuttleworth: For More Info, Go Here…
Meet William Shuttleworth: A 71-year-old U.S. Air Force Veteran
I am on a 7-month walk across America from Massachusetts to California, “Vets Don’t Forget Vets” (see my route here). Along the way, I will meet, share, and talk to any vet I can individually, in small groups at VA Centers, in American Legions, VFWs, coffee shops and across dining room tables.
Veterans gave a lot and often have little to show for it. More than 25% of all homeless men are veterans, and many of these forgotten warriors struggle with employment, addiction, and sobriety. These men and women have little voice in Congress. Today, less than 18% of Congress has served in the military, compared to 78% in 1972.
With fewer veterans in Washington, who will speak and advocate for them? We need change.
My five recommendations for American Vets:
- Elect a vet. At the national, state and local level. Vets don’t forget vets.
- Eliminate veteran homeless by 2030. It can be done if we want it done.
- Free medical care for any veteran who was ever drafted and was discharged with an Honorable Discharge. There are too many veterans that don’t qualify for veteran medical services because they didn’t meet service length obligations.
- Guarantee medical and mental health treatment within 30 days for all veterans
- Increase starting pay for enlistees to a ‘livable wage’. It is tragic that most enlistees qualify for food stamps.