- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 3, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

San Diego has for years offered a slight (three-day) respite for homeless veterans able to avail themselves of critical services, if only for a short time. These services have included, but have not been limited to, a place to get a little rest, medical care, counseling and even a haircut and food. Now, however, with the economy still in the red, some of the funding for this program might be in some danger.

With many cities now under pressure from the “Occupy” movement to right what the movement perceives to be an inequity, what we don’t need now is to add fuel to the fire by caving - thus adding to the pain and suffering of veterans who need us.

I read in a New York newspaper that there are some people who think the military aid program is a scam. I invite those who truly believe that this economic pain is artificial to pack a backpack, journey out to San Diego and live out on the pavement for three days with these honorable veterans, men and women alike, who risked it all for the benefit of those who play at being homeless.

H. RICK TAVARES

Campo, Calif.

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