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'Jobless veterans, US national disgrace'
Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:19AM
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It is “national disgrace” for the United States to see its war veterans come home to face unemployment and homelessness, an analyst says.

“It is national disgrace, the situation of returning solders and veterans. You have widespread unemployment, you have the homelessness,” Edward Spannaus, Legal Affairs Editor in Washington, told Press TV in an interview.

“There are great many who have come back from wars, with mental health problems, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and the treatment is really a disgrace,” he added.

According to data published by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the number of US veterans, homeless on any given night as of June this year, stands at a staggering 75,700.

The unemployment rate among American young veterans stood at nearly 21 percent last year, according to the US Labor Department.

"Young men and women join the army these days precisely because it's the only job they can get. The people tend to come from the poor layers of the society and overwhelmingly from the poor states in the country," Spannaus said.

He expressed his sympathy for the veterans, saying “they are pretty much thrown on the scrapheap”.

Critics say the US government has failed in its duty to ease the transition of the military lives of its war veterans into civilian lives.

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