A line of marines marching
credit: Wikimedia Commons

I begin this segment chillin’  inside of Starbucks near Thomas Circle to get out of the inclement weather. Excellent staff here, courteous and considerate, much unlike the staff at the location near Farragut North. They won’t ever allow you to use the restroom there.  

I am a Marine Corp. veteran, currently housed through Obama legislation while in office to get homeless vets off the street. I am part of an alarming number of veterans who are unemployed and in need of quality health care, including dental. 

Veterans have continuously attempted to convey the necessity of affordable housing, for ourselves as well as other people experiencing homelessness — seemingly to no avail.  We all know it’s a damn shame for a veteran to make it through a war or even assimilate back into normal life, then return home and have to live on the streets.  

Is homelessness a perception or a reality? You tell me. How far have we come, and how far do we need to go before we realize that something is wrong in our society?  

Only with the unity of purpose, the acceptance of human needs, and mutual communication can we make it right.