Falls Church, VA: Beginning in December 2007 and running through February 2008, the president of the Circle of Friends for American Veterans will again lead a circuit of rallies across America to raise support for the homeless veterans on our streets. The rallies will feature a color guard, speakers, an open bar, and recognition of veterans who are in attendance. Invited speakers include 2008 Presidential candidates or their representatives. A complete schedule of rallies can be found at the end of this press release.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), there are approximately 300,000 homeless veterans on our streets any given night. About 3,000 of the valiant troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are now homeless veterans. The VA only funds 12,000 beds a years for these homeless veterans.
The burden for supporting homeless veterans comes to rest on the approximately 250 not-for-profit transitional facilities in our country. Only about 50 of these receive any kind of VA funding, and even then, this funding is inadequate. Closer to home, the VA funds only 56 beds for homeless veterans for the entire state of Iowa. To read the full story and to check for rallies in your area, click here.
Erin and Sam in the news: Erin and her mother Julie were interviewed recently by Kristina Peterson with the Palo Alto Daily News. The interview was printed in their Sunday paper this past weekend. The full story can be read hear.
Sam’s medical status: Erin said she’s hearing more and more grunting and groaning from Sam in the last 4-5 days. Still no words, but Sam is getting better at opening his mouth and using his tongue—all good signs that his brain is working hard to relearn how to talk again. He is also becoming more and more aware of his surroundings and/or alert when he is awake.
Sam has been getting better and better at answering Erin’s or the therapists questions without being prompted. Today the therapist read off about 30 questions to Sam and he got most of them correct. He answered a few of them wrong towards the end, but that was probably because he was getting bored or tired. The therapist told him when they began, that some of the questions were going to seem a little silly. The first question she asked him was “are you awake?”, and he turned towards her and gave her a look like, “you’ve got to be kidding!”. Both Erin and the therapist broke out into laughter. He was in a really good mood during the question/answer period, and Erin told him he gets extra points for the added sarcasm.
Erin sent me a text message this evening that said, “Sam didn’t have a headache today!”…so it looks like his migraine medicine is starting to take effect.