Sleeping Rough For Christmas

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Loads of former British Soldiers are sleeping rough, there’s no relief for them and nowhere for them to go, and nothing that they can do about it.

Steven Rowe is an ex British soldier and he’ll be sleeping rough this Christmas. It appears these men can take a bullet for the Queen, they can die for their country, and now there are so many ex-forces guys on the streets that are going through the same thing.

What the government have done, they’ve forgotten about these people, their own. Steven served in the army in Hong Kong and Northern Ireland, and more must be done to support these ex-servicemen living out on the streets.

The government are more concerned about this Europe business and this Brexit business than they are their own people, and there they are sleeping in tents and boxes, and then there’s Steven who’s sleeping in a box. He’s begged for help, but nobody appears to be giving him any help, they would rather he slept out on the streets than give him any help whatsoever.

They trained all these servicemen well, they can withstand most things, but what they can’t endure is the uncertainty, and they can’t survive rejection, and they can’t endure the isolation.

You have to meet the criteria to get a bed but what are the criteria? The government didn’t say that to these men when they swore an Oath of Allegiance, that they’ll fight for their Queen and country, that they’ll die for their country, the government didn’t say that, and now they’ll not support them, instead they’d rather let them sleep rough on the street in tents and cardboard boxes.

They only want a bed and somewhere warm to be, particularly over Christmas, but a homeless veteran’s death on the street has sparked outrage about the handling of former soldier’s battling homelessness in the brutally cold winter months.

Ex-squaddie Darren Greenfield, who fell on hard times after leaving the Army, died on the streets of Edinburgh only days before Christmas last year. Darren Greenfield was a recognisable face to countless locals and tourists in the Scottish capital, as he usually spent his time around Edinburgh Waverley station.

His death was a totally sad loss after Darren Greenfield was admitted to hospital and then passed away soon after, but numerous ex-servicemen struggle to adjust to nonmilitary life after they come out of the army, and there should be so much more out there to support them.

It’s a sign of the times when an ex-serviceman is left to die on our streets, especially when they have defeated death on the battlefield and served their Queen and country, and there will be numerous people who will be so outraged that our heroes are now sleeping rough, but countless more will be enraged that these courageous soldiers are being left to die on our streets, it’s an absolute abuse of human life.

But the homeless dilemma will only get worse as the forces are downsized and more people return from the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, and this is a long-term problem with no simple solution.

Almost all the homeless ex-soldiers have PTSD or some sort of mental health problem, and once they leave the Army, they lose their support structure, and the problem of homeless ex-soldiers has never been higher with 13,000 a minimum, it could be higher than that.

The Government have let these people down.

These men and women were prepared to fight and lay down their lives for this country and the only help open to them is from charities, and our government needs to do more for them.

Ex-servicemen and women should have priority status in applying for government-sponsored affordable housing schemes, and service leavers should retain this status for a period of discharge, and these are utterly heartbreaking accounts, and once again, it highlights the insufficiencies of how our government handle ex-service personnel when they leave the armed forces.

We should be at a point in time where every person in the country has a roof over their head, especially the brave people who fight for their country and being a soldier might be a career choice but these men and women in the armed forces and the emergency services put their mortal bodies on the front line, and they’re frequently moved around from city to city, country to country, so putting down roots like the rest of us, that can be done with a normal job is impossible.

Plus, you have to reflect that most of these men and women in the armed forces have PTSD and many of these people have to live with terrifying experiences that were endured by our command, and our government owe them for that alone.

The pact between society and our armed forces should be respectively advantageous, they’re supposed to have our backs and we should have theirs, but there’s a lot of people out there that think that it’s a career choice and consequently they shouldn’t be entitled to anything more when they come out as a civilian.

So, for those who think that being in the army is a career choice, yes, you’re right, it’s a career choice to be serving their Queen and country, to be putting their life on the line, but then I speculate that what these superficial people in society believe is what they learned in the media, and I suspect that what they do for a living is an honourless, unchallenging, zombie type occupation that provides nothing of consequence, but hey, it was your career choice!

If our army was fighting against Adolph Hitler then I bet these people would sympathise, and yes, I’m not sure why our army is out there in Afghanistan and Iraq, we’re just propping up nefarious dictators and a hype of propaganda, but nonetheless our soldiers are out there fighting and putting their life on the line, maybe not for Britain, but they’re defending someone’s life and in my book that’s praiseworthy and very brave.

Somebody once said that these army chaps aren’t all heroes, but they fought and put their life on the line, so they’re all heroes…

Published by Angela Lloyd

My vision on life is pretty broad, therefore I like to address specific subjects that intrigue me. Therefore I really appreciate the world of politics, though I have no actual views on who I will vote for, that I will not tell you, so please do not ask! I am like an observation station when it comes to writing, and I simply take the news and make it my own. I have no expectations, I simply love to write, and I know this seems really odd, but I don't get paid for it, I really like what I do and since I am never under any pressure, I constantly find that I write much better, rather than being blanketed under masses of paperwork and articles that I am on a deadline to complete. The chances are, that whilst all other journalists are out there, ripping their hair out, attempting to get their articles completed, I'm simply rambling along at my convenience creating my perfect piece. I guess it must look pretty unpleasant to some of you that I work for nothing, perhaps even brutal. Perhaps I have an obvious disregard for authority, I have no idea, but I would sooner be working for myself, than under somebody else, excuse the pun! Small I maybe, but substantial I will become, eventually. My desk is the most chaotic mess, though surprisingly I know where everything is, and I think that I would be quite unsuited for a desk job. My views on matters vary and I am extremely open-minded to the stuff that I write about, but what I write about is the truth and getting it out there, because the people must be acquainted. Though I am quite entertained by what goes on in the world. My spotlight is mostly to do with politics, though I do write other material as well, but it's essentially politics that I am involved in, and I tend to concentrate my attention on that, however, information is essential. If you have information the possibilities are endless because you are only limited by your own imagination...

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