It is fairly obvious the root cause of homelessness is not having a home, high property taxes, rental costs etc..
They don't have money. It is really that simple.
Camping out is actually great in good weather.
It is really only when the issue of exposure comes that there is a problem, that and the fact 99% of land is privatized and not open to public camping.
It is however legal to set up a camp site on crown land for up to 21 days before moving to another site.
Homelessness is not an issue, the problem is poverty and not having adequette shelter.
The other factor is, solidiers probably don't see it as rough compared to having a house on your back and being shot at.
If people are joining for a sense of purpose, on leaving they may either be disillusioned and without a sense of purpose.
Simply put a rough life is not foreign to a solider. When people conquer their physical worlds it can be largely compared to a psychosis, being detached from the physical nature that other softer people would be more in tune with. It is largely about what your experiences are.
However there was the valid point raisesd that these individuals arn't showing ID prooving their service record, so it remains to be credible information.
I know one person who claimed to be a vet who also claimed to be somewhat homeless, and unemployed due to injury, wouldn't accept welfare because he didn't agree with it. He'd rather just rough it out, even though veterans affairs recommended he go on welfare.
He was one of the guys who took a lump sum, which after a number of years dried up and he was still unemployed. It is really a matter of standards he views welfare as contemptuous but is still not employed and so essentially destitute, so the story goes.http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/department/facts-fait/lump-sum
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