Homeless Veterans


Sometimes so much can be said with so few words.

How about with 29 words:

“Homeless veteran” should be a cultural oxymoron. The mere thought of it is profane. What kind of civil society leaves its defenders on winter streets, even for one night? *

Just 29 little words. What a powerful, poignant message.

Think about it this Veterans Day.


* A November 5, 2011, Letter to the New York Times Editor
by Mark Dowie, Point Reyes Station, Calif., in response to an Oct. 29 article, “Study Finds Slight Decline in Veterans Using Shelters

Photo: Veteran Homeless, courtesy endhomelessness.org

Author: DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist