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After being in the army for thirty years, not having to buy my own house, wash my own clothes or make my own meals, I finally got thrown out!

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After being in the army for thirty years, not having to buy my own house, wash my own clothes or make my own meals, I finally got thrown out! I went for the fitness test (regulations) and I failed, sadly, due to knee and back injuries. I was out, after thirty whole years, into the real, normal world. Not so normal to me, ajusting to civilisation was hard for me. I'd been in the army since I was seventeen and I'd forgotten what it was really like and after a few months I was out on the streets! Everyday whilst sitting on the stone cold pavement, in the freezing cold, in my damp, worn away clothes I see people. At least seven hundred people pass me each day. Tall, short, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, rich, poor, white, black. I think it would be impossible to name a kind of person I haven't seen yet! Some passers by don't take their eyes off of me, probably thinking I'm about to jump up and stab them (with a knife I haven't got) ...read more.

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I cant believe that I ever complained about the army dinners, what I would give to have one now! The only thing that I ever get a taste of is a cold, sour, day old coffee which has started to mould at the top! Maybe after a good day of dosing, if the punters are feeling generous I will have enough money to buy a small bottle of malt whisky, and before you even start to think that I'm a wino, I'm not, okay? I only drink the stuff to keep me warm inside and to fill up my empty, swollen stomach! The more I smell delicious coffee and burgers, from the burger hut near by, the more I long for a decent meal and something warm to fill me up. The sweet smell of cigarette smoke occasionally wafts past me and occasionally I am so tempted to pick up the remains of a cigarette that has just been thrown on the ground just to clear the taste of unwashed teeth and sticky taste in my mouth! I feel the cold, the hunger, the pain twenty-four, seven! ...read more.

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Nobody knows half the troubles. England is a pretty small yet wealthy country, but why then are there over 169,000 homeless people and over 80,000 of those homeless people are in London. If you are a parent imagine your sixteen-year-old son or daughter out at night trying to sleep in a shop doorway almost dying from hunger, just over one stupid row! One in nine sixteen-year-olds run away, this could be your child, having nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep, but you can't get hold of them and may never see them again! Fair enough some people are out on the street through their own fault, but why blame them, not everyone you see is a cheap, dirty, begging wino! Give them a second chance. I am speaking through first hand experience; I am most probably going to live through the rest of my days on the street. Why can't you help, I'm not asking you to give all your money or your home up, even if your contribution is buying an issue of the 'Big Issue' all of the money from that goes to help people in my situation. We don't need your sympathy we need your help! If only I could make the world listen! ...read more.

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