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Living Life At Rock Bottom: A Homeless Veteran's Story

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Some I stay with at the Salvation Army who have been locked up also seem to be very impatient, with a few having clear anger issues. Others talk all the time, and they are very loud. And then there are others who barely talk at all. They keep to themselves, always, those who rarely speak. Personally, I don't think isolation is very healthy for anyone.

However, and often, such ex convicts that I stayed with at this Salvation Army were very intelligent and kind people. Many ex convicts who are now my room mates were helpful to me, and I became friends with them, where we stayed. They fully realize, as I do, how they f***** up their lives in the past, and are, as I am, trying to improve their lives today.

I find some men I stay with to be very unique and amazing people. Some have a few college degrees, with one I know having a PhD. How they ended up here with me remains a mystery. Often, we as homeless people do not discuss how we actually became homelesss with other homeless people. Often, it takes just one event to make a person homeless. And for those of us who are homeless now who actually use to have many tangible possessions, it is in fact a very short distance from the limousine to the ditch.

It is my belief that people are people. They are not black or white, nor are they free or imprisoned. Rather, they are human, and I treat them as such. I, as with many others I stayed with at this Salvation Army, do not judge others based on their past, because I was not them in their past, and I do not know the path they have walked in their past. We are just trying to get back on our feet, in some way, after losing everything we may have had, often.

Each of us are on our own unique journey in life. Myself, I try and facilitate the journey of another whenever I'm allowed to do so by such an individual. It is my belief that we are all in this thing we call life together.

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Well Dan, your mind is more healthy than most I kn... by Tony Orlando on Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 10:29:12 AM
Thank you for this insightful, first person, view ... by Howard Schneider on Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 4:43:11 PM
It can happen to anyone. I'm not homeless right no... by Dan Mage on Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 8:49:53 PM
Thank you for your comments.  I remain homele... by Dan Abshear on Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 at 6:25:19 PM