France, Gureat Britain, Greece, India, Italy, Luxembourg,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, South Korea,tt
Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Union of South Africa"
This stop, in the very heart of the business district, was another that continues to slap me on the side of the head, proving there are hundreds of thousands of homeless Americans struggling each day of the week. A local religious charity group was handing out sandwiches and drinks to anyone that asked. As a matter of fact, I was twice offered a share for myself. I am still uncertain that my appearance contributred to the act of kindness, or maybe it was my Coast Guard veteran hat. When I explained to the outreach leader the mission of Ride Around America I got an odd response ..."Well, I don't think there are any veterans in this group, but you should be careful if you find any - the all suffer from PTSD.
The stereotyping of the statement was, to me, offensive. Does everyone think that homeless veterans are oxygen deprived, mentally deficient, parasites hell bent on violence against strangers? It was sad to hear the advice given as a friendly warning to an out of towner. I quickly left the area for another monument just down the block.