Opinion Journal has a little online poll asking if the US does a good/excellent, adequate or poor job of transitioning veterans into civilian life. Based on The Monk's own experience, the answer is: poor. More than 1/2 of the homeless are veterans, now predominantly from Gulf War I and Vietnam. The problems they have arose during and shortly after the transition from military to civilian life -- from structure and discipline imposed from above to a lack of structure and discipline imposed by society.
Thus, the necessity of places like the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Boston, and for groups like the Shelter Legal Services Foundation, a non-profit that The Monk worked for and that work is some of the best legal endeavors that The Monk has performed.