31 Aug '14, 2am

CA spends billions on illegals, but little on homeless #Veterans: Betrayed via @sharethis @GOP #TeaPa…

CA spends billions on illegals, but little on homeless #Veterans: Betrayed via @sharethis @GOP #TeaPa…

Of all of the egregious cases involving homeless veterans in Los Angeles, one stands out for attorney Mark Rosenbaum. VA police arrested a homeless Vietnam War veteran they caught taking food from a trash bin on the West Los Angeles VA campus. Although clearly mentally disabled – the veteran had suffered a head injury after falling out of a helicopter – VA cops didn’t extend a helping hand. Instead, they gave him a citation for stealing government property. He paid the $1,000 fine by collecting aluminum cans. At a time when veterans are dying in the nation’s streets in greater numbers than they died at war in Iraq or Afghanistan, VA is not only turning its back on mentally disabled veterans in Los Angeles but actively punishing them, homeless advocates say. It’s especially appalling considering that the West Los Angeles VA campus was built on land given to the federal gove...

Full article: http://www.legion.org/magazine/224241/betrayed#sthash.Pe9...

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