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Homeless Vets on Last Evening’s 60 Minutes

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Back in 1988 when former veteran, now clinical psychologist, Jon Nachison and his colleague Robert van Keuren created a gathering place for struggling Vietnam vets, you can bet their hope was that they wouldn’t still be doing it some 20 years later.

Unfortunately, every year since then, the campout, described as “part job fair, part health clinic, part sobriety meeting,” has offered hope for many veterans who think their country has forgotten about them. The annual campout, known as “Stand Down,” is further proof that our country is still not equipped or prepared to handle our returning veterans.

Last evening, 60 Minutes aired a segment where they traveled to Stand Down; talked to its organizers and talked to some of the homeless vets. One interesting thing that the segment talked about was the increasing number of homeless female veterans:

“The number of female veterans has doubled in the last decade,” says Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. In fact, she says female soldiers are two times more likely to become homeless than male veterans.

Here’s the Stand Down segment from 60 Minutes:

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Written by traumalines

October 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm

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  1. […] “Homeless Vets on Last Evening’s 60 Minutes“: Back in 1988 when former veteran, now clinical psychologist, Jon Nachison and his colleague Robert van Keuren created a gathering place for struggling Vietnam vets, you can bet their hope was that they wouldn’t still be doing it some 20 years later. […]


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