Homelessness Plagues Many U.S. Veterans
By VICKI SMITH
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - Harleigh Marsh was tough enough to scrape ice from the frozen deck of a Navy aircraft carrier in the North Atlantic. Smart enough to strip and rebuild a cockpit. And responsible enough to maintain survival gear for pilots. So when he found himself homeless six years ago, he figured he could handle it.
Like many of the estimated 500,000 veterans who will become homeless at some point this year, Marsh had the "Army of one" mentality that the armed forces demand.
Less help for the homeless
MANY PEOPLE are homeless simply because they lack money for rent. For years the federal government has helped by giving direct subsidies to low-income people. Now President Bush is calling for limits.