Jan. 15th, 2011

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Several years ago, I had a conversation with a homeless man who was just a few years older than I was.

I was at a park just down the street from the local library, where I had been spending a lot of time. This guy, very open and friendly(at least so it seemed to me at the time), asked if I could spare a couple of bucks. I gave him the three or four dollars I had on me and we talked for about half an hour.

He said, and I had and have no reason to doubt, that he had been injured in Afghanistan. It wasn't an outwardly visible injury, but prevented him from some kinds of work, and according to him the VA was to put it mildly unhelpful. 

I saw him several more times, chatting briefly, over the next few months, but haven't seen him around in a long time.

Aside from disgust at the state of care our Vets were receiving(though I've read/been told it's better now in WA), I just wonder where that guy is now and how he's doing.

Nothing else to this but putting thoughts down in writing.

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