Justice Friday discusses US Homeless Veterans

first_imgAs Sept. 11 approached, this week’s Justice Friday installment, presented by Saint Mary’s junior and Justice Education Social Relations Officer Alex Shambery, served as a way to promote social awareness for Homeless U.S. Veterans.Shambery began by sharing statistics she found through the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) website.“Eleven percent of homeless adults are veterans,” she said. “Of those 11 percent, 51 percent have disabilities and 50 percent have serious mental illnesses. Seventy percent have substance abuse which ties into mental illness issues.”In the bigger picture, Shambery said 1.4 million veterans are at risk of living in poverty.“About 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night,” she said. “America’s homeless veterans have been in World War II, the Korean War, The Cold War and Vietnam.”According to Shambery, one-third of the veterans who are homeless were directly in these war zones, although she added these numbers are approximations.“There’s no way of getting a very specific number,” she said. “It’s usually based on average and information they get from homeless shelters.”All of these statistics raises the question as to why these veterans are homeless. Shambery said the main reason is due to a lack of support.“Mainly because of an extreme shortage in affordable housing and a lack of family and social support,” she said. “You train to go over there and dedicate your life to try and save your country and then you come back and people tell you that your experience won’t help you find a job in America.”Saint Mary’s junior Alex Morales said she recently talked to someone who found himself in a similar situation after being deployed.“He said it almost felt like what would happen if you would die,” Morales said. “He said you lose all of those connections. It’s a weird gray area. I think it just spirals from there.”Justice Education president and senior Caylin McCallick agreed with Morales.“The training in the military isn’t necessarily transferring,” McCallick said. “When I was in ROTC, one of my military instructors was a captain in the army. He was an army ranger, but he couldn’t get a job better than working in a factory.”Shambery said it is the duty of students to reach out through volunteering at homeless shelters. In South Bend specifically she suggested the Center for the Homeless and the Robert L. Miller Senior Veterans Center.“A lot of people think the government is going to take care of it, but it’s all of our issues,” Shambery said. “Make a donation. If you can’t make a financial donation you can always donate your time. They’re going overseas to fight for us. An hour a week is nothing compared to what they’ve done for us.”Justice Education vice president and senior Katie Dwyer said spreading awareness among the community is key in helping the veterans.“I think it’s out of sight out of mind,” Dwyer said. “I think the first thing we should do is spread more awareness about it.”“[Veterans]need basic physical health care, counseling, job assessment, training, placement and assistance,” Shambery said. “But a top priority is a secure, safe, and supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol.”Justice Education secretary and junior Morgan Matthews said students can help give veterans part of the supportive environment they need by merely spending some time with them.“They are coming from a life style that is hectic,” Matthews said. “Then they come to a life of boredom in comparison.”“I think that’s where we as students should come in,” Shambery said. “We’re not family members, but we can provide that support for them — at least the social support aspect.”“I think also what needs to be established is veteran-on-veteran support,” Matthews said. “You can sit with a veteran for as long as you want and try to understand, but I think in some cases it might not be enough compared to veteran on veteran.”Since 2005, Shambery said the number of homeless veterans has been reduced by 70 percent since 2005, but she emphasized that this is not good enough.“We need to get all our homeless vets off the street,” Shamberry said.Tags: Justice Fridays, Saint Mary’s College, Veteranslast_img read more

UWF Volleyball Splits Tune Up Matches with Spring Hill and Mobile, now 30-5 on the season

first_imgUWF Volleyball Splits Tune Up Matches with Spring Hill and Mobile, now 30-5 on the season Share Nov. 7, 2007 Box Score  MOBILE, Ala. – The West Florida Volleyball team defeated Spring Hill College 30-14, 31-29, 30-18, and then fell to the University of Mobile 30-23, 20-30, 28-30, 32-30, 13-15. The two matches were played back to back on Monday night at the Outlaw Center on the Spring Hill College campus in Mobile, Alabama. The Argonauts are 30-5 on the season, and have now tuned up for the Gulf South Conference tournament that begins on Friday in Searcy, Arkansas.The University of Mobile moved to 30-4 on the season with their win over the Argos in a five set thrilling match. The Argos lead 12-10 in the deciding game, but Mobile scored five of the last six points to pull out the win. Meanwhile, Spring Hill dropped to 16-16 on the season with their third loss this year to West Florida.Seniors Isabela Gualberto and Danielle Spitzer both hit above .400 in the win over Spring Hill. The two were very efficient, making the most of their attack opportunities. Meanwhile, Junior Luciana Rapach led the team with 10 kills. Junior Setter Madeline Gonzalez dished out 36 assists and added nine digs to help set up the middle and outside hitters. Junior Libero Jerica Carter led the defense with 14 digs, while Spitzer was responsible for 10 blocks. Spitzer’s block total was a team best for this season.In the Mobile match, Kimberly Clark put down 18 kills, seven blocks, and recorded 19 digs; however, Whitney Knight of Mobile had the best night with 20 kills and an attack percentage of .370, along with 13 digs. Mobile out hit the Argos by a .247 to .162 margin, and squeezed out the victory in a tough five game match. Rapach and Gualberto added 18 and 17 kills respectively, while Gonzalez recorded 55 assists.West Florida travels to Searcy, Arkansas this week for the Gulf South Conference tournament. The Argonauts play at 2:30 Friday against Ouachita Baptist. If they win that match, they will play either Henderson State or West Alabama in the Semifinal match at noon on Saturday. The final is scheduled for 7:00 pm Saturday night. All UWF matches will be broadcast on stretch internet. Go to the UWF Athletics home page and look for the stretch internet link on the right tool bar. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Former national goalkeeper seeks N5m to treat heart enlargement

first_imgRelatedPosts Erelu Kuti appeals for peace in Iruland When Pastor Adeboye took ‘God’s Fire’ to Manchester, Ireland Euro 2020: Switzerland revive chances with win, Ireland hopes hanging Paul Obiako, a former national goalkeeper and retired football coach, is now looking for N5 million to deal with his problem of heart enlargement.Obiako, a member of the Christ the King Church team, which won the world schools football competition in Dublin, Ireland in 1977, said he was in need of financial assistance. “The ailment was first diagnosed in 2015, but it was mildly treated then. I managed it until 2020 when it deteriorated and I became increasingly weak,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Awka, Anambra.Obiako, who played for the now Rangers International FC of Enugu between 1979 and 1989, said he now needed surgery to correct the problem.He said: “The surgery needed to correct the heart enlargement requires a sum of N5 million, which I cannot afford, having retired from active service.He said: “I am a retired civil servant, and I don’t have such money.“Neither does my wife too. “So, I need the financial assistance of all Nigerians so that I can come out of this sickness and live a normal life again.“Please, I need help.”Obiako, who is presently admitted at the Heartland Cardiovascular Consultant Hospital in Abuja, was coach of the state football team of Anambra for many years before his retirement.NAN.Tags: Christ the kIng ChurchDublinIrelandPaul Obiakolast_img read more