The United States is regarded as one of the most patriotic countries in the entire world. U.S. citizens show major support to their troops during wars and national holidays observing past and present soldiers; however, many war veterans are left homeless and neglected when returning to America. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), “there are roughly 40,000 veterans who are left homeless in the United States, with an estimated 1,400,000 veterans who are at risk due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing” (NCHV.org). To get a better understanding of homeless veterans, it is good to learn statistics of who these people are and reasons why these veterans are left homeless.
According to NCHV.org, causes of homelessness in veterans are due to “extreme shortages of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care” (NCHV.org). Veterans can also be left with war side effects like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug abuse, or alcohol abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family or social support. Additionally, serving in the…show more content… In the cartoon, the main idea comes from a sense of irony when the little boy states, “if America is the ‘home of the brave’, why are so many of the ‘brave’ homeless”? The term of ‘home of the brave’ comes from the national anthem and ‘the brave’ refers to soldiers who have served in the United States military. The question brings up a valid point where if soldiers are fighting in foreign countries for the honor of the United States, how come veterans are left without help or shelter when returning home? Soldiers often risk their lives fighting in wars, a task most citizens would never think of doing for their own