I am very proud to see you taking up the disgusting issue of our nation's heroes living on the streets. More attention must be garnered for our homeless veterans.
I also found this part of your latest piece very troubling:
The Veterans Administration suggests that there are 193,000 homeless veterans in this country; I believe that number is closer to 500,000.
I must say that I agree. We all know that government estimates on such news usually err on the conservative side. I was, however, wondering what you think of people who dismiss even the most likely low-end number the VA has released? What if someone was to say something like:
They (the homeless vets) may be out there, but there’s not many of them out there.
You see that is an actual quote from one of your colleagues. As matter of fact this is a quote from a colleague of yours and one you mention in your article:
At last, people with some political and news-making muscle are talking about a true American tragedy: homeless veterans. On his radio and TV shows, Bill O'Reilly commented on Sen. John Edward’s remarks on the plight of homeless veterans.
Yes it is great that John Edwards has made poverty a front issue of his campaign, however what do you think about Bill calling Edwards a "charlatan" for his work?
I am troubled by how you seem to ignore the ignorance your colleague, Bill O'Reilly, has exhibited on this issue. You state this in your article:
The commentary of Bill O'Reilly about John Edwards at least had the issue on the front pages and on TV. For many in government the homeless is a non-issue, citizens of this great country who are mentally sick living in their cars does not get anyone votes. However, homeless veterans, even if it's one, let alone thousands, ought to cause governments to fall. A nation that does not care for its veterans does not deserve them. We cannot ever be truly great until all of us have a place to sleep and getting help for what makes us sick. If we continue to do nothing about our homeless and our homeless veterans then … WE SUCK.
Yes we do suck, but doesn't it suck more when a person with a national audience tries to diminish the issue by ignoring the actual numbers? Bill has been on this rampage for over a week now and won't budge from his position. He is still trying to downplay how many homeless vets this country has.
So Col. Hunt, I was wondering if you will be going on The Factor to set Bill O'Reilly straight. Will you place the lives of our brave soldiers ahead of your employer's big star?
Sadly I don't think this will be the case. It is obvious by the way you have tried to ignore the gross misrepresentation of the facts Bill has been engaging in night after night. Again I think it is very commendable that you are willing to help bring this issue forward and I am also very grateful for your service to our nation, but I can't help but think that you are putting Rupert Murdoch and Bill O'Reilly ahead of our soldiers. That is indeed troubling.