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An elderly man sits outside his makeshift home made up of two shopping carts and a blue tarp His hair is long shabby and filled with dirt His beard is overly grown frayed and knotted His face is withered sun burnt and full of wrinkles His eyes are calm and stern as if he were staring beyond life He wears a filthy old military jacket with his last name seamed above his left breast pocket On top of his head he wears an old faded military hat Next to him is a battered military duffel bag filled with his clothes This old man resides on the corner of a populated street His surroundings are cluttered with filth He is surrounded by syringe needles Styrofoam containers McDonalds coffee cups grocery bags and pieces of cardboard As people briskly walk pass this old man they quickly get a brief scent of tobacco followed by the lingering smell of body odor and urine Their faces become filled with disgust Random thoughts feel their minds as they passed this pathetic old man on the corner of the street How can someone be so sickening How can someone give up on life Why doesnt this man get a job Out of all the questions they ask themselves no bothers to ask who is this man This elderly man is no ordinary homeless person this elderly man used to be a proud American military member with numerous achievements and accomplishments What happened to this man A basic education lack of supporting assistance health concerns followed by substance abuse forced this old man on to live on the streets Many Americans dont like to associate the idea of military veterans and homelessness together As proud Americans we like to think of our military members and veterans as
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