The story of Tom Brusko

I am a firm believer that a good percentage of the homeless people in America choose to stay on the streets rather than take the help that is out there for them. I also know that mental illness, addiction, and any criminal record basically ruins any chances of getting a job or qualifying for a place to live if you ae trying to do it all by yourself. This can be a life sentence for those who truly want to right their wrongs and contribute to society again.

I think we as Americans need to look more at helping those in need on our own streets before cutting a check to help those in other countries. You don’t have to give cash to a guy like Vietnam vet Tom Brusko (shown in video below). Sometimes a hamburger, some toiletries, or pair of tennis shoes can give them the hope that someone cares and that they should keep going. I don’t care what political party you are part of, helping people without judging should just happen once in awhile.

Watch this story about a homeless Vietnam vet named Tom Brusko (a.k.a., Epic Beard Man)  in Oakland. He may have done this to himself, but he’s hurting and that sucks. There are millions like him across the U.S. Maybe this will encourage you to not look away next time you see someone like him.


One response to “The story of Tom Brusko

  1. Denise Auchmoedy-Bundy

    I do hope this is simply generalization because I never thought I would find myself homeless.. but thanks to the judicial system that is exactly what I am.

    This is the journey of a victim of felony fraud and embezzlement left homeless by builder, Robert M. Huckins who was given 27 years in jail,suspended.On the proviso he return $82,200, in $450 per month payments. Sometimes sad, sometimes pensive, sometimes with sarcastic humor, it chronicles the apathy within the New Mexico Judicial system and New Mexico State Government towards victims of white collar crime and the sheer audacity of the criminals who believe that the world owes them something.

    Is it possible for me to get publicity for my blog through your web site? I wish I could get the attention of a civil/human rights attorney.

    I hired a builder to build a 2,000 sq foot horse barn and 1,700 sq foot home for my mother and I. My mother sold her home to pay for it. The builder embezzled every dime.

    But he didn’t just steal OUR money .. He stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from so many people including the domestic violence shelter and the city of Ruidoso Downs.
    Then he bounced hot checks, huge amounts.. A LOT of them.

    Throughout the entire fiasco those put in position to prevent criminals from getting away with crime turned a blind eye and refused to get involved. Until I contacted the Governor of the State of NM and threatened to land on HIS doorstep.

    Here we are 3+ years later, and I am homeless, frantic and I have tried everything to resolve the situation. Working with 2 volunteers I purchased a beaten up single wide for $1,000… And the State of NM shut the renovation down. The only volunteers I had ran a mile and never returned. I am so ill, and compounding everything I can’t take the builders home because it would be “cruel” to leave someone homeless.
    I feel like I don’t even exist anymore. I dare not tell my mum what has happened with her money, so I have not even seen her for four years and it’s simply killing me.

    If you type in, “Robert Huckins, Ruidoso,” “Denise Bundy, Ruidoso,” you will see article after article.

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