Yesterday afternoon, I spent some time on the phone talking with a friend who has been homeless now for about six or seven months. He just happens to be one of America’s 500,000+ homeless Veterans. He has been living on a mountain side, pretty much secluded from the rest of society for a portion of that time.
Recently, because he was in need of some medical attention, he came down from his mountain to go to one of the VA’s medical facilities – which meant that he had to "come down into the city." In the process of doing so, he has managed to find some temporary employment on a shipping dock of some kind. That’s a good thing. What isn’t such a good thing is that having been cut off from the rest of society has created within him this feeling of being a bit overwhelmed and "uncomfortable" in the city. (more…)