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

Eddie Howe looking forward to Chelsea match-up

first_img “It was certainly a nice feeling at the end of the game,” the 38-year-old said, recalling the second of Junior Stanislas’ levellers after Ross Barkley had briefly restored the visitors’ lead at the Vitality Stadium. “Those contrasting emotions in the last few minutes were so extreme. “You hope a result like that can really boost the confidence of the players and that belief system you need to win games or get a point. “Naturally it is a really good challenge for all of us. These are the games you want to be involved in. “You want to be able to compete with the top (managers). He (Mourinho) has a record that is unrivalled. “I didn’t expect to be so close to them (in the table) but I think they are in a false position (14th). I am sure they will pick up points and climb. “We are playing the champions. For me they are one of the best teams in the country. “We are not underestimating the team. We fully respect them as a team and we are going to have to be at our very best to get anything.” The Cherries twice recovered from seemingly lost causes – the second deep into stoppage time – to earn a 3-3 result against the Toffees, salvaging a vital point in their bid for Premier League survival. And Howe believes his players have been buoyed by that performance and are ready to take on Jose Mourinho’s below-par defending champions. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is relishing the challenge of Saturday’s trip to Chelsea after last weekend’s dramatic draw against Everton. Bournemouth have been struggling with injuries so far this season, with 10 of their squad unavailable for the Chelsea clash. Howe said: “Whenever you get injuries, it is a test and a challenge for your squad to adapt and I think we have done that with the outfield positions. “Certain people have been given opportunities that maybe would not have expected to get them, but they have grasped them in recent weeks. “I think whoever is called upon will step up and help the team.” Bournemouth have been steadily improving over the last month, drawing the last two games, and victory over the champions could move them out of the relegation zone. “The Premier League, for me, has been about picking up points where you can and we have done it in style,” Howe said. “Now it’s about adding wins to those performances. “From our perspective, we are really happy with the last four games apart from the first few minutes against Southampton (2-0 defeat on November 1) where we thought we were poor – we are building momentum.” Chelsea head into the weekend only five points above the Cherries, but Howe reckons the Blues are starting to look like the title-winning team of last season. He said: “It certainly looks like they are back to their normal selves and I thought the way they played against Tottenham (0-0 draw last Sunday) defensively was excellent and I don’t think you can doubt their attacking quality. “Maybe from that perspective we are meeting them a few weeks too late, but from our perspective we are in a good place. “If we are in a good place and we perform then we can compete. When we are preparing for a game, it is always about us.” Howe will be without Harry Arter (hamstring) this weekend but is optimistic the midfielder will not be out for as long as first feared. Winger Marc Pugh (Achilles) has started running again but remains short of match fitness. Press Associationlast_img read more

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers seeks mental edge over Arsenal

first_imgLiverpool can gain a psychological advantage over Premier League rivals Arsenal with a victory on Monday, manager Brendan Rodgers says.Liverpool lost 4-1 at Arsenal in April, and have managed just one away win over the Gunners in the past 15 years.But Rodgers believes there is a way to win there.”If you assess the last 10 games Arsenal have lost at home, it’s been about dangerous possession for the teams who have won,” Rodgers said.”No matter when these games come in the season, they are always good for the psychological effect.”Liverpool finished sixth last season – when they took one point from two games against Arsenal – and their manager is looking for improvement. Rodgers’ side have started their Premier League season with two 1-0 victories over Stoke and Bournemouth, while Arsenal followed a 2-0 defeat at home by West Ham by winning 2-1 at Crystal Palace.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more