Harrowing Homelessness Facts

The following correspondence originally took place upon my Facebook wall…

"An Army of One"

“An Army of One”

Robert C.: some nice sobering American facts.

U.S.: Number of Mentally Ill in Prisons Quadrupled:
https://www.hrw.org/news/2006/09/05/us-number-mentally-ill-prisons-quadrupled

Rayn: Thanks for sharing this important news! History is pretty clear on this point: either protect all forms of innocence, or expect the eventually enslavement of all. “In as much as you have done in to one of the least of my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

These statistics remind me of America’s homeless figures, which I always keep handy. 20-25% of homeless individuals suffer from some severe form of mental illness:
http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/Mental_Illness.pdf

In separate research studies, 25% of homeless were determined to be veterans of the armed forces:
http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/veterans.html

Meanwhile, 39% of homeless individuals are minors – under the age of 18:
http://www.misd.net/homeless/statistics.htm

Although we might expect figures like these from a third-world nation, they represent one of the top ten wealthiest countries in the world! As an industrial nation, America’s stats are simply pathologically pathetic!

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