January 2, 2010 (San Diego) – As winter temperatures locally dip below freezing, San Diego Veterans For Peace is distributing sleeping bags and ponchos to the homeless.
“So far we have distributed 145 sets, and are seeking donations to continue,” said Ramona resident Dave Patterson, Veterans for Peace spokesman. The group seeks donations of cash, sleeping bags and ponchos to help protect local veterans from winter storms and cold. Last year, more than 60 homeless people died on the streets of San Diego, many from exposure to harsh winter weather.
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, on any given night in 2010 there were approximately 107,000 homeless veterans in America -- and twice that number spent at least some time on the streets at some time during the year. A 1999 study found that one in three of all homeless men were veterans, many suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder related to their combat service.