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Thousands of homeless veterans who tried to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs national call center to seek treatment or shelter had to resort to leaving messages on answering machines and many never received a referral or medical services.
RT interviews Scott Olsen, an Iraq vet who was badly injured in an Occupy protest in Oakland, on why he gave back his medal. He also explains why voting Republican or Democrat is a waste of time.
Homelessness, family stresses, and problems getting jobs are highlighted needs for those returned from wars, but internal Veteran Affairs conflicts impede needed counseling in ways that can cause serious problems for the country.
United States Army veteran James Mitten checks in with Veteran Affairs to verify his eligibility for services at the 13th annual StandDown in Phoenix, Arizona February 14, 2014. More than 1500 homeless veterans in the area were expected to receive help from 70 providers with health care, clothing and legal services
Reuters / Samantha Sais
Mayor Greg Stanton has a big vision of ending chronic homelessness in Phoenix, America's 6th-largest city.