Friday, January 18, 2008

Veterans, Loofah, Falafal, and Lies

Mimi of Wounded Bird posted this the other day. I think it is important information so I'm posting it here as well.

An email from Paul Rieckhoff of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America:

Last night, Bill O'Reilly raised an important topic on his television show: the plight of homeless veterans.

Unfortunately, he got the facts wrong.

O'Reilly: "They (homeless veterans) may be out there, but there's not many of them out there. Okay?...If you know where there is a veteran, sleeping under a bridge, you call me immediately, and we will make sure that man does not do it."

Despite O'Reilly's doubts, the facts are irrefutable. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, almost 200,000 veterans sleep on our nation's streets each night. And Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are joining those ranks at an alarming rate.

Click here to sign an open letter to Bill O'Reilly, telling him that he needs to set the record straight as soon as possible. This issue is far too important to be swept under the rug. You can also learn more about the issue of homeless veterans, and find out what you can do to help.

As an IAVA Supporter, you're more familiar with this issue than most people. Sadly, many Americans still don't realize that veterans make up about one-third of the adult homeless population.

No matter how you feel about Bill O'Reilly, there's no denying the fact that he has a huge audience - an estimated 2.3 million people tune in each weekday night. So take a minute to urge Bill O'Reilly to correct his mistake. He has a great opportunity to help homeless veterans by bringing more attention to the issue, and you can urge him to be part of the solution.

And while I was looking for some quick links to answer a question relating to O'Reilly and falafel that came up in Mimi's comments, I ran across the following and can't resist posting it here. I don't remember seeing it before now. If you've already seen it, it's worth a rerun.

Update: New Video From, homeless vets react to O'Reilly's claim that they don't exist.