There are many homeless veterans on Long Island and in the city, and there are a number of reasons.
Some are living on the streets because of extreme shortage of affordable housing, lack of family, or they are suffering from stress, substance abuse and depression.
I feel their pain. I served in the U.S Navy during the Vietnam era, and upon release from my military service in 1975 I found myself homeless and panhandling in the town of Hempstead, where I once lived, asking for spare change for food.
A stranger named Cyril, who migrated from Nigeria, offered me a room and a chance to get on my feet. There are many veterans today who are not so lucky.
Our government needs to do more nationally and locally. Remember, these veterans preserve the freedoms we all enjoy today, and deserve help for all they have done for America.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village