This past Saturday our country celebrated Veteran’s Day honoring those who served to protect our rights and freedoms. This is a holiday that goes back almost a century. At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in 1918 the armistice agreement was signed to end the World War I between Allied Forces and Germany. The next year November 11, 1919 President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making this day Armistice Day. It was changed in 1954 by President Eisenhower to Veterans Day. Americans celebrated this weekend by honoring veterans, throwing parades, and other honoring ceremonies. Many restaurants offered free meals to veterans.
Although Americans show their appreciation on this day, we have a homeless veterans problem in our country. There are many veterans of this great nation without a place to live. I have personally seen many around the Twin Cities holding signs requesting money or food. These men and women have sacrificed their lives and they should not be forgotten. There are veteran programs in place but many veterans are still not taken care of. Many of these veterans have experienced combat and suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some veterans are finding it hard to transitioning their military skills to civilian life. As a veteran myself, it hurts me to see my fellow service members struggling and staying on the streets. Many veterans are unaware of the type programs and benefits they are qualified for through the federal Department of Veteran Affairs and Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs. If you happen to know or see a homeless veteran, refer them to the both these state and federal Veterans Affairs. Let’s end veteran homelessness.