Basic re-training

Jun 11, 2014


Perhaps some good will come from the bait and switch that took our nation’s focus away from the Veterans Administration waiting list scandal after Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was traded for the five Taliban prisoners jailed at Guantanamo Bay.

Last Wednesday, less than a week after the controversial swap, first lady Michelle Obama announced the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by 2015.

The challenge already has the commitment of 77 mayors, four county commissioners and four governors to help meet this goal.

Knowing how government works, they’ll probably move the homeless veterans to the other 46 states, 3,140 counties and many of the various cities in the USA in order to meet their goal.

Mrs. Obama was joined in the East Room of the White House during the announcement by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, who had announced in HUD’s annual Homeless Assessment Report for 2013 that it was estimated 58,000 veterans were homeless on any given night across the U.S.A.

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, there are many factors contributing to veterans becoming homeless that involve the transition from the duty of their military occupations and training as they attempt to enter into the civilian workforce.

Basic Training, Part I — The basic training a soldier might receive as they enter into their selective branch of military can be anywhere from 10 to 14 weeks.

Plus an additional six to 52 weeks, depending on their Advanced Individual Training, where recruits train in the specifics of their chosen field.

That’s a lot of strong weeks.

Basic Training, Part II — The basic training a soldier might receive as they enter into the civilian workforce from their selective branch of military can be anywhere from five to seven days.

Which includes a three-day Department of Labor workshop where they are drilled in resumé writing classes, mock job interviews and online practice job searches along with two days of core curriculum training where they learn about personal finances, VA benefits and family adjustments.

Plus two days of optional focused tracks for those who need more information on career technical training, small business startups or college.

That’s a weak week.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is a nonprofit organization governed by a 16-member board of directors who strongly believe all programs to assist homeless veterans must focus on helping them obtain and sustain employment.

Now I hate to put the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans out of business but what they are advocating needs to be done before members of our military become Veterans.

Our 113th Congress needs to use the legislative powers that are detailed for Congress in Article I Section 8 to make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval forces.

This way they can mandate the Department of Defense with the authority to carry out a policy that will require members of the military to have 10 to 14 weeks of Basic Training to ready them as they re-enter civilian way of life in the U.S.A.

The basics of basic training are designed to be highly intense and challenging. Not just the physical training but also the psychological adjustment to an unfamiliar way of life.


After their hitch, they have to make another psychological adjustment to what once was a familiar way of life.

Without the highly intense and challenging training they received going in that they probably need going out.

Most of our veterans hopefully have earned a positive afterlife from their military service but with an exit basic training in place it would mean all members of the service when they leave their branch of the military will have a chance to have a chance.

Once again.

The one thing the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans has proven is, even more than our elected officials in Washington, or their wives — nobody helps veterans of the U.S.A. more than veterans of the U.S.A.

Once again.


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Professor Playdoh

When will Bergdahl be charged with desertion?

The Big Dog's back

And you know he deserted how?

AJ Oliver

Bergdahl MAY be one of more than 250,000 pschological casualties of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Ten of thousands of them are now wandering homeless in the streets.
Chuck, do you really think all these shattered lives can be mended with some additional training when they leave the military? You make it sound do darned easy. Dream on.
Time for the pro-war cheerleaders to man up and pay the costs of the wars they love so much . .
Has it occurred to you that maybe if we did not have constant and coutinuous wars we would not have so many shattered lives?
And, oh yeah, there have also been millions of casualties among the Iraqi and Afghanistani people - but you don't care about that do you?
A good WWI film that you ought to see (but won't) - "Oh, What A Lovely War".
From the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America -
"According to a landmark 2008 RAND study, nearly 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans screen positive for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or depression."


10s of thousands are homeless? Please show a source for those numbers.


On April 30, the House considered H.R. 4486, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015. They voted for this legislation, which passed the House by a vote of 416 to 1. The bill provides $64.7 billion in discretionary funding for veterans' programs—an increase of $1.5 billion from Fiscal Year 2014 funding levels. It devotes significant funding to help reduce the disability claims processing backlog and to expedite digital scanning of veterans' health records. It also includes $58.7 billion in advance appropriations for veterans' health programs in Fiscal Year 2016.


Gee, I guess you have to be a Illegal Mexican to get welfare, so maybe these ten of thousands could get advice from them ! We will house Illegals but bozo won't help Vets.


A Veteran can receive public assistance. Talking out your dog hole again eh?


Wonderful post AJ! Son-in-law served in Iraq for a year. His tent burned down while he was there. Army charged him for it. When he was finally honorably discharged, it seemed they charged him for everything but the kitchen sink before letting him go. What a nice "thank you for your service, son" that was.


Further Marine Commandant Gen. Smedly Butler/War is a racket. Thank you AJOliver for being forthright. I hate Ted Nugent.

The Big Dog's back

Yeah, I hate teddy the peddy too.


Ditto on the dislike of nuggets.

AJ Oliver

Here are some stats - from those peaceniks at FOX.
Support for vets by the right wing is pretty much all talk.
"New statistics from the Department of Veterans Affairs show the number of young homeless vets from Iraq and Afghanistan has tripled in the past two years, with an estimated 50,000 nationwide."

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I know some of you think it sounds trite, but Chuck actually IS right about one thing and that's a little more time for those leaving the service to acclimate to civilian life.

I spent some time living in a foreign country some time back. Before I went, I had a few weeks to prepare including a crash course in language and culture. When I came back: Nothing. And I didn't think I'd need anything because it was a return to my old "normal," right?

Wrong! My adjustment to a culture very different from ours wasn't bad in large part because I EXPECTED it to be very different. Coming home, on the other hand, was a real shock, not least because I DIDN'T expect it to be. A little time to acclimate on BOTH ends of the scale could prove helpful, I'm sure, just as it would have been for me.

(ADDED NOTE: I make no pretense that there was any trauma involved in my time overseas other than the "foreign-ness" of it all. For an active duty soldier, the differences on returning home can only be multiplied by their experiences, making a little time for transition even more important.)

Sleeping With Y...

“10s of thousands are homeless? Please show a source for those numbers.”
Oh oh. Looks as if freespeech1 needs to be spoon fed the facts that were presented in the 4th paragraph.
- Shaun Donovan, who had announced in HUD’s annual Homeless Assessment Report for 2013 that it was estimated 58,000 veterans were homeless-
Of course, when it comes to facts freespeech1, I don’t believe anyone is surprised the facts eluded you.
Also freespeech1, just so you don’t forget, I am…
Sleeping With Your Spouse.