I was asked to keep this going for our soldiers

 

LEASE KEEP THIS GOING FOR THE SOLDIERS…I was asked to keep this going – and will gladly do so

A veteran is someone who, at one point, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of up to and including their life.

 

WHEN A SOLDIER COMES HOME
This email is being circulated around the world – please keep it going

When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard….
..to listen to his son whine about being bored.

….to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.

to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.

…to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night’s sleep.

..to be silent when people pray to God for a new car.

….to control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower.

..to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.

….to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they’re afraid to
send their kids off to summer camp.

….to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.

….to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.

….to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.

…..to be civil to people who complain about their jobs.

…..to just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.

….to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.

The only thing harder than being a Soldier… 

Is loving one.

 

I was asked to pass this on and I will gladly do so,
Will you???

 

3 thoughts on “I was asked to keep this going for our soldiers

  1. Bob Erb

    THE HOMELESS NEGOTIATOR
    “Collaboration of many helping others in need”
    ROBERT E. ERB, JR., Doctoral Candidate, MBA, CET
    Making a difference in the world improving human dignity, civil rights and personal responsibility
    Care Grower, Motivational Speaker, Program/Project Management, Business/Engineering/Financial Analysis
    Working to end homelessness in Hawaii by legalizing campgrounds, etc.
    P.O. Box 88662 • Honolulu, HI 96830 • (808) 497-6920 • boberb2@yahoo.com, http://www.kohus.webs.com
    March 2, 2014
    Today we are working to help lawmakers and civic leaders to reprioritize cultural core values that focus upon humanity (and the right things to do that help the weakest), rather than emphasizing economics. We desire to help civic leaders learn how to change community cultures that ensure every human being has a safe place to sleep in Hawaii, which is the best expression of the “aloha spirit” defined by lawmakers. Until Hawaii allows every person to live in a house or apartment, the only other possible way to stop depriving human dignity and civil rights to the homeless population in every community is to legalize and create campgrounds, trailer parks, and mobile home communities.
    Understanding that leadership must recognize the importance of people, processes, schedules, budgets, and to be effective, must have the ability to define the problem set, challenges, and then to orient collaborative team skills in that situational dependent position that may be key to arriving at a resolution. This means that not only must a leader recognize what skills he possesses in influencing and shaping the teams and organization, but must also understand the culture, skills, and shortfalls of the teams and organization.
    We are currently completing a leaders’ guide expressing the “aloha spirit” which include action plans and strategies that will actually lead to reverse the growing trend and actually ending homelessness in the great state of Hawaii. We expect to published this plan and present it to all lawmakers and civil leaders in Hawaii later in 2014. We are developing documentary videos series about the suffering of the homeless, others about unifying many teams that are presently helping the homeless have hope, and additional series on proven effective ways that provide human dignity and civil rights for all citizens. We hope to present all series on television programs and web sites at the same time, utilizing the latest marketing strategies for effective influence of appropriate audiences. We are also collaborating with lawmakers and social justice attorneys who might help identify and rewrite all the discriminatory laws that point only to the poor and homeless in Hawaii. The lawmakers and civic leaders in Hawaii will do the right thing by changing city ordinances and state statutes that ensure human dignity and civil rights are expressed when every community provides safe sleep for the poor. These transformational leaders will ensure every community provides safe sleep for the poor. We see a future that the greatest expression of the “aloha spirit” will be evident when homelessness no longer exists in Hawaii. We expect that you may also be part of this team within 2 years or less.
    The beginning of this journey will be when Hawaii lawmakers sign some papers that will end the legal denigration and discriminatory laws against homeless people by easing the burdens that prevent alternative life styles needed, beginning with allowing homeless develop public campgrounds for the poor and the visitors of Hawaii who do not want to spend more than $70 for a room each day they visit. Increasing the market share of possible visitors (they may want to spend it other ways while in Hawaii, thereby increasing visits and procurements in Hawaii). Diamond Head Crater has many acres unused that could begin ending homelessness tomorrow and easily provide a new public campground for visitors who would be willing to pay as they help end homelessness in Hawaii every day. Watersheds could be used throughout the island and land procurement could be made as of underused land needed to help those with no resources or little money. What is really missing in the homeless situation in Hawaii is A Place to Go facility when a person first becomes homeless. Homeless people live in parks, sidewalks and under bridges because there is nowhere else for them to go, and these places have laws prohibiting safe sleep. There are all kinds of programs and shelters to help the homeless, but it takes months and years to apply and be accepted by these programs and shelters. A Place to Go could assure that no one will be homeless in Hawaii.
    The State of Hawaii, or the City and/or the County of Honolulu, needs to acquire or allocate land for these A Place to Go facilities in a systematic, organized way. The land may need to be owned by the state of Hawaii or by the City & County of Honolulu to keep the land from falling into the hands of private land-owners or non-profits that either disappear or decide to use it later for their own gain. This land could be agricultural land with nothing grown or raised on it for years, which can be bought for $50,000 per acre. There are 200 acres of such land in Kunia that could be bought for $10,000,000. Other land could include abandoned military bases like Barber’s Point, other unused Federal, State or City government land or other fallow parcels of land. This land would most likely be in remote, out-of the way places far from the beach parks, regular housing developments and business districts. Instead of building A Place to Go in the center of town and having a Not In My Backyard problem. Easy access to The Bus, or volunteer shuttles, to transport the poor to A Place to Go when they in the more remote areas. A special kind of zoning may have to be created, much like that for parks, for land used for these A Place to Go for homeless people to set up permanent camping sites on them, and A Place to Go facility might help them establish new jobs, such as building modular low cost structures to be built on A Place to Go facilities. These A Place to Go facilities could provide what every homeless person needs. Another $10,000,000 could be spent on infra-structure and facilities. A safe fenced in 10 foot by 20 foot areas to pitch a tent or park a car to sleep at night off of the ground and out of the rain. Kiosks costing about $1000 and other module housing could be used which provide a bed, a place to store stuff under the bed and a rain cover. A Place to Go would need a central shower and bathroom facility (like those in the parks), and a food kitchen where homeless people can get food for their food stamps and where ministries could cook for them, could be built. An office where homeless people can apply for benefits and or jobs could be provided. Free 24/7 access to the A Place to Go is needed as many homeless people work at night, if they have a job at all. These A Place to Go facilities could be open to the entire homeless population and those leaving prisons. To do this means to continue to refine new paradigms about how key organizations interact and to posture them to prevent all future homelessness.
    Other alternative life-styles that have been considered included utilizing various ships. One was rebuilding the retired Acadia as a shelter and training program that could help 1,600 individuals every day, possibly as many as 4,800 different individuals every year. But, the Navy sunk it because of so many laws that prevented reuse. Another proposal has been to bring the retired carrier US Ranger CVA-61 to add 4 acres of space plus shelter for thousands, a floating city in Honolulu. Many other creative ideas have been ignored because of what seemed like economic ones, and not based on ensuring humanity as the greatest value in this world. Understanding the horrors of one day with one human being who is homeless in Hawaii will inspire communities to express the “aloha spirit,” taking actions that can help every individual who is in need.
    As I am working with our team, completing the post grad work promoting civil rights and human dignity, I am considering contract or employment opportunities that might improve my life and benefit others proportionately. I would like to utilize my skills and experiences that will benefit others today as I pursue a greater vision that promotes morally ethical behavior that ensures human dignity to all citizens. The richest country in the world should end all laws that discriminate against the poor and homeless in its’ own land, and allow everyone alternative life styles, such as campgrounds, trailer parks, and mobile home communities. We have a plan for the future, and I will pursue possibilities that help others today, or any future time your team needs solutions, as I pursue academic excellence. I am presently presenting innovative concepts to lawmakers and civic leaders, including to the mayor’s and governor’s teams.
    The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of homeless individuals that reflect the lack of expressions of the “aloha spirit” as defined by Hawaii lawmakers and present alternative plans and strategies that will reverse the continual increase in those who become homeless, and lead to ending homelessness in Hawaii. This dissertation will focus on helping leaders, team members, and the community at large how to reprioritize core values of the Hawaii culture from the present economic based infrastructure laws and policies to developing the infrastructure based upon humanity. It focuses on teaching appropriate behavior that respects human dignity and civil rights according to federal laws. The good news is that the lawmakers and civic leaders have approved the Hawaii Revised Statutes Act 186 which states “Aloha means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.” The “aloha spirit” express actions that reflect unconditional love, the Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh, and other named values focused on helping others, first. This report is a leaders’ guide defining proven actions, plans, and strategies that express the “aloha spirit,” or love with no obligation in return. Included are plans and strategies that might provide the force to end homelessness in Hawaii. Teams, organizations, and communities that focus on ensuring human dignity and civil rights by actually working together with grass root teams, lawmakers, and civic leaders will make a difference. Strong transformational leaders will experience opposition, but that oppositions will move leaders to act in accordance with vision.
    The governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, stated his policy, “Too many families in Hawaii are living in a crisis situation. We can turn things around and restore Hawaii’s national reputation as a state that really cares for its citizens. We need to renew our investment in people and programs to end cycles of poverty, prevent family violence, nurture and sustain physical and social health, address the myriad of physical and social barriers facing the disabled, and reduce homelessness.” He also promised to, “Protect the human and civil rights of all, regardless of categories” (Abercrombie, 2010).
    The strategic plan expresses a passion and forms a framework within this dissertation as approved by independent review board presenting practical actions that can help reverse the increasing numbers homeless and that will lead to ending homelessness in Hawaii. This becomes a leaders’ guide and handbook to help lawmakers and civic leaders actually express the “aloha spirit” and help thousands of homeless individuals every day who need A Place to Go to sleep safely every day in Hawaii.
    How about starting a society, where people care for each other, where the primary infrastructure begins with people (before roads, cats and dogs, sidewalks, pipes, wires, etc.). People, especially those homeless, are part of every community; or does the community ignore some people (women, skin color, sexual preference, poor, homeless). The most important reason people come together joining together to be a community is to ensure all citizens are safe.
    Citizens of the governments have allowed cutting social programs and welfare to the bone so the homeless have nowhere to go but the streets, parks, beaches, etc. Communities don’t like that and try to force the homeless to go elsewhere, and doing nothing to solve the issue. But that just pushes the problem to another city which in turn pushes the problem to another city, and not really solves anything at all because it still exists. When will the Hawaii communities wake up and realize that cutting social programs has a price. Hawaii and communities governments can’t live behind gated communities and hope they will never have to face the reality outside. Laws could be made to start trucking the homeless and mentally ill and dropping them off in those gated neighborhoods. The laws communities allow to exist may deny human dignity and civil rights to homeless, those without a safe place to sleep.
    Homeless people are human beings and probably should be treated better than those stealing millions from others, caring more about stuff and paper or metal with a number on it, and some caring more for cats and dogs then people. Every person, including women, tone of skin, sexual preference and homeless deserve human dignity and civil rights … it is the nation’s law. Sometimes communities might ask lawyers and lawmakers take a serious look at every law, resolution, and local ordinance that exist, then revise or rescind those which specifically or intently point toward those who tend to be homeless. State statutes and all community laws that discriminate, punish, and demean homeless people are illegal. Unfortunately, there is always a consequence for communities that allow illegal actions of discrimination to continue to exist.
    The common denominator that seems to succeed in ending always used a “housing FIRST” strategy, ensuring everyone a home, or at least a secure campground. Evidence suggests that Hawaii communities who empathize with actions should lead to begin the reduction of homeless in this state. As rich as so many people are in this country, it is a disgrace that homelessness even exists.
    How about starting a society, where people care for each other, where the primary infrastructure begins with humanity, people (before budgets, roads, cats and dogs, sidewalks, pipes, wires, etc.). People, especially those homeless, are part of most every community; or does the community ignore some people (women, skin color, poor, homeless, sexual preference, ex-con, etc.). The most important reason people come together joining together to be a community is to ensure the safety and human dignity for all the people.
    These actions or expressions reflect hatred for a minority (1%) of populations in most communities of reflecting lack of concern by disrespect of human dignity and civil rights. Early in 2014, Hawaii State representative Tom Bower (D) began walking the streets of his Waikiki district with a sledgehammer, and smashing shopping carts used by homeless people. “Disgusted” by the city’s chronic homelessness problem, Bower decided to take matters into his own hands — literally. He also took to rousing homeless people if he saw them sleeping at bus stops during the day (Heath, 2014). We only see contempt for humanity as we observe these actions being accepted within each community. Bower’s tactics were over the top, and so unpopular that he quickly declared “Mission accomplished,” and retired his sledgehammer. But Bower’s frustration with his city’s homelessness problem is just an extreme example of the frustration that has led cities to pass measures that deal with the homeless by criminalizing homelessness.
    • City council members in Columbia, South Carolina, concerned that the city was becoming a “magnet for homeless people,” passed an ordinance giving the homeless the option to either relocate or get arrested. The council later rescinded the ordinance, after backlash from police officers, city workers, and advocates (Heath, 2014).
    • Last year, Tampa, Florida — which had the most homeless people for a mid-sized city — passed an ordinance allowing police officers to arrest anyone they saw sleeping in public, or “storing personal property in public.” The city followed up with a ban on panhandling downtown, and other locations around the city.
    • Philadelphia took a somewhat different approach, with a law banning the feeding of homeless people on city parkland. Religious groups objected to the ban, and announced that they would not obey it.
    • Raleigh, North Carolina took the step of asking religious groups to stop their longstanding practice of feeding the homeless in a downtown park on weekends. Religious leaders announced that they would risk arrest rather than stop.
    • This trend makes Utah’s accomplishment even more noteworthy. In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015.
    How did Utah accomplish this? Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached. Each participant in Utah’s Housing First program also gets a caseworker to help them become self-sufficient, but they keep the apartment even if they fail. The program has been so successful that other states are hoping to achieve similar results with programs modeled on Utah’s.
    It sounds like Utah borrowed a page from Homes Not Handcuffs, the 2009 report by The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and The National Coalition for the Homeless. Using a 2004 survey and anecdotal evidence from activists, the report concluded that permanent housing for the homeless is cheaper than criminalization. Housing is not only more human, it’s economical. Keeping humanity first, and doing the right thing, always pays off economically.

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  2. Bob Erb

    THE HOMELESS NEGOTIATOR
    News about collaborations with lawmakers, civic leaders, domestic non-profit and profit corporations working to honor humanity
    “Collaboration of many helping others in need”
    We Have a Dream Expresses the “Aloha Spirit”
    Making a difference in the world helping to improve human dignity, civil rights, and personal responsibility
    Care Grower, Public Speaking, Program/Project Management, Business/Financial Analysis, Presentations
    P.O. Box 88662 • Honolulu, HI 96830 • (808) 497-6920 • boberb2@yahoo.com, and http://www.kohus.webs.com
    August 5, 2013
    Robert E. Erb, Jr. MBA, CET, Doctoral Candidate (serving Waikiki since 2002 – born 9/17/46)
    “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

    We Have a Dream Expresses the “Aloha Spirit”
    We have a dream that homelessness no longer exist in Hawaii; a dream that transformal leaders teach civic leaders and communities how to enjoy expressing the “aloha spirit.” As the “aloha spirit” (unconditional love) is practiced on this island, it will go down in history as the first state that ended homelessness following Utah’s sucess.
    Hawaii will be the model that other states and counties will recognize as the greatest demonstration of human dignity in the history of the world. Two and a half score (50) years ago, a great American, said, “I have a dream” and laws were corrected to ensure civil rights to everyone, including to those with various colors of skin. But human dignity is not ensured for thousands of human beings every day who have no property or money and not allowed to sleep safely in every community in Hawaii.
    Chief Justice Kennedy’s decisions and opinions have always prioritized human dignity over any other perspective. Human dignity is not assured when laws prevent homeless from living alternative life styles. One issue still exists for thousands of the poor who are suffering torture and ignored or demeaned daily. Why do laws pointing to homeless make them guilty just for being poor? Many poor and rich never want to fall asleep in a home or apartment. Why is an ordinary person that has no place to sleep as more guilty of wrong behavior as prostitutes? Is having a piece of paper, coin, or possession with a number more important than any human being’s need for human dignity to sleep safely in every community in Hawaii?
    We have a dream that a momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of homeless in the richest country in the world. Homeless who had been burned in the flames of injustice and torture. It will be a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity of homeless human beings that once existed in the state that proclaims to be the Aloha State.
    But one hundred and fifty years later, we must face the tragic fact that the homeless are provided little human dignity in the laws and are still not free. One hundred fifty years later, the lives of every homeless human being that are still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and discrimination. One hundred fifty years later, the homeless live on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred fifty years later, the homeless still languishing in the corners of Hawaiian society and finds themselves an exile in their own land. This is written to dramatize an appalling and urgent condition for so many human beings today.
    When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every human being in Hawaii was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness with human dignity.
    Valuing human beings and expressing the “aloha spirit” without discrimination will clearly prove to the world at least one island has cleared the legal restrictions on the poor that ensure human dignity. Hawaii has thousands of concerned citizens who are constrained from helping homeless more because of legal issues – they must be changed if any hope exists in the possibly of even stopping the growth and ending it soon. Every day a person is homeless, the more likely many gain false confidence to accept homelessness torture as a way of life. Can these issues be solved by existing leaders who live in Hawaii?
    It is obvious today that Hawaii has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as human beings are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, Hawaii has given the homeless a bad check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” Do leaders refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt? Leaders seem to refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this great state.
    New transformational leaders are coming to cash this check — a check that will give homeless upon demand the riches of human dignity, freedom to safely sleep, and the security of moral and merciful justice. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of human dignity in justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift Hawaii from the quick sands of homeless injustices to the solid rock of brotherhood.
    It would be fatal for Hawaii to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the homeless, advocates, and volunteers. This summer of the homeless legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Two thousand thirteen is not an end, but a beginning. When courage and moral leadership is expressed with passion expressed by real action, transformational leaders will change the world. Or, have a rude awakening if Hawaii returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in Hawaii until homelessness no longer exists and every human being is granted his citizenship rights and human dignity. As the homeless population increases every year, whirlwinds of revolt will shake the foundations of Hawaii until the bright day moral justice emerges. It’s time for a change. Today is the time to change. All of us who work in teams helping others will always win. It is time to do the right thing.
    But, in the process of gaining a rightful place, lawmakers and civic leaders must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Do not seek to satisfy any thirst by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
    Forever conduct struggle on the high plane of human dignity and discipline. Creative protest should never degenerate into physical violence. Leading citizens distrust of all poor people who have no property or money must be changed to be focused more on helping others every day. Many have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with the homeless destiny and freedom is inextricably bound to Hawaii freedom. Dr. Martin Luther King (1963) said, “We cannot walk alone.”
    And leaders walk, leaders must make the pledge that they shall march ahead. Leaders with passion cannot turn back. Homeless can never be satisfied as long as bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in alternative life style housing like campgrounds, trailer parks, and mobile and modular home communities at this time. It is time for a change. Hawaii cannot be satisfied as long as the homeless’ basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to dying. No one should ever be satisfied as long as there exists a homeless person exists in Hawaii and believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, many are not satisfied, and will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
    Some people have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some have come fresh from narrow cells. Some have come from areas where a quest for freedom left them battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. Homeless have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. It is time for more to help changing laws today that even created homelessness. It can be done by transformational leaders already preparing for action in Hawaii. Most will hear better and help lead the change that is already happening.
    Does Hawaii homeless go back to the slums and ghettos of the main land, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Moral leaders do not wallow in the valley of despair. We still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. We have a dream that one day Hawaii will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men (including homeless) are created equal.”
    We have a dream that Hawaii will be transformed into an oasis of human dignity, freedom and moral justice expressing the ”aloha spirit.” We have a dream that every child is taught how to help others. We have a dream the poor and homeless will not be judged by possessions, but by what each person does to help others. That is the content of the character of the transformational leaders who will help change the world. We have a dream and now is the time to act.
    We have a dream that one day Hawaii shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of God shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
    This is hope. This is the faith with which all can experience as everyone helps another less fortunate, then the joy of love spreads. Evil evaporates as love becomes unconditional; ego is diminished as Spiritual powers are perceived, then paradigm shifts perceptions of life focused on helping others. With this faith, homeless will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, citizens will be able to transform the jangling discords of our community and Hawaii into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, citizens will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that the homeless will be free one day.
    There will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” And if Hawaii is to be a great state this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of the Pali hilltop. Let freedom ring from the mighty volcanic mountains of Hawaii. Let freedom ring from the Windward coast! Let freedom ring from Waikiki and Diamond Head! Let freedom ring from the Leeward coast! But not only that; let freedom ring from downtown and China Town! And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every neighborhood, community, city, and county in Hawaii, more civic leaders participate when all of God’s children, the poor homeless and those with property and money, dark skinned and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, Messianic and Buddists, Hawaiians and ha’ole will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual message, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” to sleep safely every night with human dignity in every community of Hawaii.
    It is time for a change and do the right thing today. Rewrite these offensive laws or none of the wonderful homeless outreach management teams will ever be able to really end homelessness in Hawaii. It is time for a change today. Do the right thing; fix the discriminatory laws first, please. Many see the bright future for human dignity is winning in Hawaii that will ensure every human being in every community will have a safe place to sleep every day as the greatest expression of the “aloha spirit.” Change laws to allow alternative life styles, such as campgrounds, trailer parks, and mobile home communities, just like every other state and other counties provide for their poor. Ensuring human dignity and alternative life styles in Hawaii will then express real actions of love.

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  3. Bob Erb

    This is really happening in Hawaii.
    As a U.S. Army Viet Nam Era veteran, I applied to UH, WBC & HPU who did nothing to help me go back to school because I never had a job paying more than $8.53 in Hawaii before I paid an employment agency 25% (I was earning over $50,000 per year for over 20 years on the mainland). After 6 months I became homeless because the owner of the studio raised the rent from $200 to $250 per week which was more than my wages. So, having 5 college degrees at the time and finding no one in Hawaii was interested in my professional services, I became homeless. I tried to become a good ol’ boy by attending a Hawaii college. But no school would help me find a way to make it happen having no money. I experienced discrimination and saw human beings treat homeless human beings worse than trash. I did not know that human beings could treat poor human beings so bad in the richest country in the world and I experienced torture that I did not know this country allowed. By the grace of God, I walked by Argosy University and the staff helped me to enroll in the school using loans almost 3 years ago. I was 65 at the time, and believed it had to be God that opened the door. But, being a post grad student completing my doctorate (hopefully within a few months), and working with career counselors for over one year, I am still unemployed in Hawaii after being here over 12 years. Maybe education does not work leading to a job in Hawaii. I live on social security now, but have been essentially rejected for employment over 348 interviews, about 2 thousand resumes, joining more than a dozen job search engines, and still do not see a future in Hawaii. I am now almost 68 and need to be productive. I am not ready to retire, and social security does not provide enough funds to live the life style I desire to live. What does a doctoral candidate do for work here in Hawaii. Be a poor teacher? I am sick of being poor and desire some kind of productive job that pays me. Is anyone interested in helping a motivated man with lots of degrees and experiences in profit and non-profit teams as a business analyst, project manager or team member, or public speaker? Does discrimination occur because an elderly man wants to work? Is property and money the only thing that controls this state? Visit one of my web sites at http://www.kohus.webs.com for more information. So many UH graduates go to the mainland because there are no jobs in Hawaii for a motivated veteran doctoral candidate in team leadership? What does an older veteran do with an education from over 20 schools and universities (they teach that diversity is good)? Is there something you can do to help prevent homelessness or finding me a job that pays? What do I do with an AAS, BS, BCS, BCM, MCS, MBA, PhD (Div) and EdD in Hawaii? Or is the reality that veterans mean nothing to citizens of Hawaii? Write me at boberb2@yahoo.com if you desire to share your wisdom. I have written a 300 plus page document on ending homelessness in Hawaii that have been proven to work, or should we teach our children how to be homeless in Hawaii? About 10% of the population in Hawaii have been homeless some time in their lives. I have seen many doctors and master degree veterans still homeless. The island of Oahu has over 10,000 individuals homeless every day. The turnover (from my pastoral experiences) exceeds a total number of 30,000 (more than 45,000 on all the islands}different individuals become homeless in paradise every year. Is anyone interested? Is there anyone who think that 1% of the population should be criminalized in Hawaii (the facts show that homelessness has increased every year)? Should poor people be ignored forever? Maybe the old folks like me are useless anymore and should be criminalized too. God bless you and your families.

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