Homelessness and Veterans' Issues
Homelessness is about to become a major issue within District 24 (and, I suspect, throughout many cities and townships throughout the country) as the moratorium preventing tenant and homeowner evictions has recently expired (25-Jul-2020), and has not been renewed. Many managers and landlords have already issued their 30-day eviction notices, so a large number of families will be forcefully removed from their homes before Labor Day. Homeowners also face eviction from their homes as faceless banks will seize houses because a homeowner has been out of work, through no fault of their own, and have not been able to make their mortgage payments.
I was homeless myself once, a long time ago. Despite the passing of time, the uncertainty and foreboding that I felt then is not something that I would wish on anyone. Homeowners and tenants have not had a voice in the district for many years, and small business owners were already having issues long before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and it has only become worse. I want to help be their voice in Congress.
But homelessness also touches on another important topic, at least to me: Veterans' Issues.
Every year, millions of Americans swear an oath "to protect the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic" fully knowing that they might be sent overseas to fight, to kill, and possibly to die to protect the interests of the United States. Then, when they return home, they are subjected to the worst health care in this country, and they are treated like second-class citizens. As a veteran myself, I have experienced going from being honored by our society as a hero for my acts of service to feeling like a burden on that society because I was "no longer useful". I was lucky because I had help. Some of my fellow veterans have not been so fortunate.
Aside from social organization outposts like the V.F.W. and American Legion, there are no veterans services within District 24, so any veteran within our district could potentially need to travel a significant distance (into Dallas or Arlington) simply to receive the care that they have earned, inadequate as it may be. That is unconscionable, and I want to help change that if I can.