Thousands of American military veterans have a common thing aside from having served in the various arms of the military; they are unemployed and living on government aid. Most receive meager payouts as retirement benefits that cannot manage to sustain them. They turn to homeless shelters and reliance on government assistance for their survival.
One such veteran is Robert Freniere. After an impressive 30 years in military service that saw him serve in the army and in the air force, Robert retired in a colorful ceremony attended by the top brass in the Air force. Robert has three masters’ degrees and experience in intelligence that could be very useful to many business organizations.
The number of military veterans who were homeless was more than 60,000 in 2012 but the Obama administration has managed to drop that number by 24 percent nationwide. Unfortunately, the number increased by 46% in Pennsylvania, reaching more than 1,400.
In a monthly lunch that Robert attends in Washington, many veterans who are highly accomplished turn up in the hope that someone will hire them from within the group. This sounds like an attempt by veterans to assist fellow veterans but it is an exercise in futility.
Robert lost his marriage just after retirement since he could not even manage to help his wife with mortgage payments. His sons live away from home and he sometimes has to travel long distances just to see them. the veteran has turned to nomadic life just to get by. He takes strength and lives by the training he got from the military in survival. With thousands of job applications sent from public library computers, the veteran sounds like he is near the end of his rope. His van is dented and is getting to be quite rugged with him living out of it. He can barely afford the repairs necessary that are needed on his ‘home’.
So many of America’s defenders from the military are in dire need of help and it looks like it is time the government and even citizens of goodwill stepped up to the challenge and came up with viable and workable solutions to the problem of veteran homelessness and unemployment.