It's a tragedy that anyone in a country like the United States should have to sleep outside, period. But when that person is a veteran -- a person who served our country -- it's even more sickening.
On Sunday, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition featured Michelle Obama, whose appearance helped push her new initiative to help veterans and their families.
Obama joined host Ty Pennington and his crew to work on the project Sunday night. They were rebuilding the Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House, which was formed by Barbara Marshall, a Navy veteran of Fayetteville, North Carolina. The shelter provides counseling, housing, and other aid to female veterans who have fallen on hard times.
The house quickly became too small. See below:
Marshall is a hero. There are no two ways about that. But what is disturbing is that it takes one woman to do this. Why was our government not providing this kind of service in the first place?
If a person serves our country and puts their life on the line for us, I will gladly pay more in taxes to ensure that he or she never goes hungry or has to worry about feeding his or her family or providing a home for them. The fact that we're even having this discussion is unconscionable.
Sure, there are some services in place, but clearly they aren't enough. One of the main problems, according to Obama, is that strong, independent veterans might not ask for help and seek assistance. She told the Boston Globe that she hopes the show got that message across:
It's incumbent upon us to not make them ask for help. And, hopefully, by watching this show, viewers will get some ideas in their heads of how they can come together, whether it's as individuals, or as church groups, or as school groups, or as teachers, or as employers and find ways to help military families.
Obama is correct. We all should help individually.
But it's also crucial for the government to provide these services. Veterans shouldn't have to ask for help because they shouldn't need it. While I am happy to provide private charity and anything of mine to help them, I also think this isn't a private charity thing. This is something we, as a country, need to provide.
Does this make you angry?
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