His name is "Bill", not his real name. Her name is "Sue," not her real name. S/He could be almost anyone. Born with the gene which predisposes them to a disease for which there is no cure. However, there is treatment. The drawback to the treatment program is, as with any treatment program, s/he has to be in treatment for change to take place. The disease is alcoholism. A disease with a genetic component. A fact, theory!
Our veterans, the men and women who at one time in their life were willing to give that life freely and willingly in order for you and I to enjoy the freedoms guaranteed to each and everyone of us, are being treated less than honorably at the local and state level of government across this nation.
Veterans, men and women alike, are being arrested for the crime of being "drunk in public," given jail time, and then turned out on the streets to repeat the process over and over, again and again. That is, until sufficient arrest have been made to warrant prison time, or state jail time, as an habitual offender. Or, perhaps they become associated with the real criminal element in our society, ending up with a criminal record as the result of association which would not have taken place had they been given treatment versus jail/prison.
Such events are taking place each and every day of the year across this nation, while at every major Veteran's Administration hospital, and clinic an entire floor of doctors and nurses dedicated to the treatment of the disease of addiction is equipped to treat this disease. If given a choice, one cannot help but believe any veteran would make the choice of hospital versus jail.
With appropriate treatment, "Bill", or "Sue," become productive citizens, paying into the system with the taxes on a regular payroll check. More important that that, "Bill" and/or "Sue" regain the dignity s/he earned at his/her willingness to shed their life's blood on behalf of you and me.