Friday, January 18, 2008

Downplaying the number of homeless vets

John Edwards’ claim that 200,000 veterans “will go to sleep under bridges and on grates” because they are homeless continues to draw challenges from Bill O'Reilly.

But Edwards is correct. Homelessness amongst veterans is an enduring and heartbreaking reality that is well documented.*

Nevertheless, Bill O'Reilly said: “They may be out there, but there’s not many of them out there. Okay? ... If you know where there's a veteran sleeping under a bridge, you call me immediately, and we will make sure that man does not do it.”

I'm afraid the translation is: We’ll throw him in jail where he belongs ...

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America have launched a petition to tell Bill he was wrong.

And check out Chosen Fast's post.

*The Department of Veterans Affairs -- yep, that's the Bush administration's own numbers -- says that in 2006 there were 195,827 homeless vets on any given night. There's another way to look at the numbers: the National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that more than 336,000 vets were homeless sometime in 2006.


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