Saturday the Marine Corps celebrates their 243rd Birthday! Oorah!
The United States Marine Corps Birthday is celebrated every year on 10 November with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony. On that day in 1775, the Continental Marines were established.
Sunday is Veterans Day and we’d like to wish all our Veterans a good day, and from the bottom of our hearts we thank you so much for your service to our Country!
Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military Veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces.
As usual the VA is once again touting unsubstantiated number when it comes to our homeless Veterans.
It’s a difficult task at best to quote accurate numbers, not to mention staying in constant communication with the various Health and Human Services agencies nationwide, but all the private organizations as well to track the number of homeless Veterans.
It takes roughly two of our volunteers, eight hours each to make all those call monthly to get as close to a count as we can, but all told the average number of homeless Veterans still hovers around 1.2 million.
Yet not long ago the VA was touting 40,000 until this month they’re declaring a reduction of approximately 5% down to 37,900. That number alone barely covers California alone. And we still see no progress at the West LA Medical Facility campus as was promised more than two years ago, and by court order even longer ago.
In most cases here in California only a few cities that claim zero homeless Veterans, and one, specifically Orange County claims that only because they’ve chased them all out, they’ve NOT resolved the problem, they only made it another cities problem.
In Riverside County though they have actually taken action and last year managed to after hundreds of hours of hard work, a couple of million dollars really did resolve the problem, create programs to keep it at zero!
This time of year is particularly difficult with the cold weather and snow coming in and what shelters there are with the limited number of beds and this is a nationwide problem we’d like to remind you that organizations all across the country will be struggling to handle the problem.
If you have gently used clothing, boxed, canned, vacuum sealed foods that are non-perishable to donate to any local shelter or to the DAV. Even household goods can be donated to the DAV which can be provided to Veterans and families having a hard time, or be sold to raise funds to provide for homeless Veterans.
Please keep our homeless Veterans in your minds and hearts!
This is also the time of year we truly need to be mindful of all our single Veterans. This time of year can be very depressing especially being alone.
Check in on your buddies, make them a part of your family! And if you know of no one in your area who is a single Veteran, and if you live nearby any military base, contact them, and invite a few of the soldiers to dinner for Thanksgiving or Christmas, even both. There are many who won’t be able to go home for the holidays, or have no family to be with.
On behalf of our Volunteers nationwide and myself, we wish you and your family good health!