I was reading a story about two homeless men coming to the aid of a man being robbed in Cincinnati, and thought, what a nice story.
I read a little further. It was the fourth paragraph that got me.
The Associated Press story said that ''both men are military veterans who didn't know each other before the Monday encounter. David Hale just got off the streets, and Chad McClain - who ran after the suspect - is living at a shelter.''
The man was being attacked at an ATM when the two men jumped in and ''wrestled him free,'' police said.
McClain is 38. Hale 46. How can two nearly middle-age veterans be homeless?
It reminded me of a note I received recently from Bob Brothers. He is with the Trumbull County Veterans Service Office, 280 N. Park Ave., Warren. In light of the two homeless vets, I thought it would be appropriate to pass the note along.
''This is to inform you of a valuable tool for research in genealogy, history and many other fields. The current manager of this database is the Trumbull County Veterans Service Office. The searchable database is located in the public domain at the Trumbull County Veterans Service website, veterans.co.trumbull.oh.us/
''Click on Trumbull County Casualties. This is a searchable database of Trumbull residents who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy. The database covers World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
''I have compiled this information over the last 10 or so years. I am looking for help in ensuring that the information is correct. Therefore, the web page has an email link for anyone to respond. Please include all the information you have; if you have a photo, please include that also. Your help in providing any information will ensure those who gave their last full measure of devotion so that we might enjoy our freedom. God bless America.''
I went to the site and it is impressive. It not only has a searchable database, it also provides contact information for staff and national statistics, among other features. But this paragraph in the opening statement was touching:
''We ask that this website be viewed and its content passed on to as many individuals as possible throughout the Trumbull County area, as well as the USA and our territories. If you have lost a family member in any of the conflicts, we urge you to send us any information you have on them, to help further this site. If you know of someone who has suffered the loss of a loved one in any conflict, we ask that you contact them to come to this site. We hope with your help, that this site will soon hold every lost soldier who lived in the Trumbull County area.''
I can't understand how veterans can end up homeless. I know it happens, but it shouldn't. They were lucky enough to return home and should not end up in homeless shelters or on the street. It's just plain wrong.
Can anything be done about it? I don't have an answer. But all veterans should be honored, every day, dead or alive.
Robinson is the editor of the Tribune Chronicle.