My brother was a homeless veteran. Since his death, Veterans Day isn’t just another meaningless federal holiday. I’m grateful that two years before my brother died, he found housing. Yet over 57,000 veterans are homeless each night, according to HUD. Sixty percent of them are in shelters, the rest un-sheltered. Nearly 5,000 are female.
This Veterans Day I wanted to write a letter about my brother Micheal. Mike is 1 of 4 deceased veterans in our family. He was homeless at 16 and throughout his life. At 55, Mike with the help of friends found an apartment where he lived until his death at 57.Mike joined the Navy at 18 for a brief time. He never stayed any place long. Continue Reading