BooRadley sends along this article from her hometown about a homeless guy who claims to be a veteran.Boo says he’s not even close;
“I’m here because of trouble I had in the past,” said Brian Shawver, 36, of Lorain. “I burned my bridges with the family and split. I’ve been here since the end of June. I served in the first Iraq war.
“One time, I was in line at McDonald’s and this lady in front of me was putting down homeless people, talking about the picture in the paper showing all the tents. At the end of the conversation, she told her daughter, ‘We need to get to church.’ I got upset. I said that’s my tent in the picture,” Shawver said.
“We (homeless people) don’t fit any designation. People think we’re always drinking and doing drugs and that we’re dirty and nasty. I lost everything I had. And this is where you wind up when that happens,” Shawver said.
“I’m hoping something happens with the shelter. If not, I’ll just have to get extra blankets,” he said.
He says his age is 36 – the first Gulf War was 19 years ago, that means he was 17. Boo says he was in high school during the Gulf War. When he eventually joined the Navy, he was chaptered out. There’s video of his interview at the link.
He “burned bridges” with his family? He’s freaking 36 years old…what’s he need his family to do for him? I guess it’s just easier to camp out behind the local church and hope someone brings him a blanket.
Since his story about being a veteran is false, the one about the line in MacDonald’s is probably manufactured, too.
I remember watching the news after the Gulf War and the program I was watching was about homeless veterans from the Gulf War. One guy they were interviewing was talking about his wounds and sacrifice. The reporter asked him when he went to the Gulf and he said he got there in May. Either he was there three months before Hussein invaded Kuwait or he got there when the rest of us were leaving. The reporter realized he was talking with a fake, I could tell by the look on his face and he tried to quickly end the interview…without mentioning the guy was full of shit.
That’s why I doubt this whole thing about massive numbers of veterans living on the streets. Every freakin’ homeless guy I’ve talked to claimed to be a veteran. One guy in Syracuse, when I told him I was a veteran, too, asked why I wearing a suit as if all veterans are homeless.
The media perpetuates this story by interviewing these liars without doing ten seconds worth of math.