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“Papa Bear” homeless Vietnam Vet, panhandler: On-the-street interview in the Tenderloin neighborhood

October 20, 2019


They call me “Papa Bear” It’s just “Bear”, but the reason why they put the “Papa” on there
is because I’m homeless, but I help other homeless
so they put “Papa” on there, so I’m “Papa Bear” [Male interviewer, offscreen]
So, how did you get the name to start with? Ahh, it’s called “Honey Crisp” now,
but it used to be called “Sugar Crisp”
and the little Sugar Crisp bear was on it, so,
you know, cause I love “Sugar Crisp” That’s a good — it’s a really good cereal [Interviewer]
So where are you from originally? Cleveland, Ohio
I’m a city boy [Interviewer]
You ever think about going back there sometime? Nah, it snows there, and everybody’s gone My family kinda disowned me
when I made a mistake and went to prison
there’s really nothing to go back to [Interviewer] No forgiveness there, huh?
[Papa Bear] None
[Interviewer] None? Wow [Papa Bear] Not in a Muslim, Arabic family
[Interviewer] Oh really? Cause I grew up — my real name is…
[Censored by beep] And the reason why I’m out here is because Mr. Bush,
before he left office, put into law to re-evaluate
10,000 Vietnam vets. I’m one of ’em [Interviewer]
So, you’re a Vietnam vet? Yeah, 18 months in that hell-hole for this country
Marine Corps And I did two years in the Marines and three years army
Three Purple Hearts [Interviewer]
Three Purple Hearts I uh, I actually died for this country
I was hurt and nearly bled to death Legally toe-tagged in the morgue for a day and a half [Interviewer]
Really?!? When they rolled me into “autop” me
and made the first cut, I woke up [Interviewer]
Wow! I’ve seen that in movies,
I never knew that actually happened! They rushed me into surgery for 56 hours [Interviewer]
56 hours! Was this in Vietnam,
then, where this happened? No, this was in Germany, after I got out of…
after I left ‘Nam, yeah All I got from ‘Nam was a lot of shrapnel in my legs
which I can’t take out, because they’re too close to the nerves
so they don’t want to chance it, so it stays there [Interviewer]
So did you have one of those “near death”…
you know, people who have almost died, they say
they see the light coming and all that stuff? No, none of that. I was dead,
I was legally dead for a day and a half [Interviewer]
So you didn’t have any of that? Nothin’, just blackness
yeah, just total blackness After the surgery, all I can remember is
looking at this guy sitting in a bed
with his whole head bandaged, like “the mummy” And twice a day seven doctors would ask him questions
but he would never answer And all I was focusing on was this guy
not answering these questions Not realizing I wasn’t eating, sleeping, or anything
just focusing on this guy And, uh, after three and half months, I answered.
So I was out of body, watching myself. [Interviewer]
Oh wow, man! When I told the doctors that
they kept me there another two years for research [Interviewer] For research? [chuckling]
[Papa Bear] In the hospital
[Interviewer] And did they figure out anything? That I’m a medical phenomenon
and I’m not supposed to be here
[chuckles] Evidently I am, because when it’s your time to go
you’re gone. No if, ands, or buts But, um, I’m here [Interviewer]
So what happened after you got out?
What did you do? Out of the service?
I hitch-hiked across Europe Yeah, I went to school for cosmetology
women’s hair Came back here to the States
I was working, doing hair When, all of a sudden
everything that happened to me in ‘Nam
just hit me And, uh, the PTSD thing I got my uh… I went and applied for my, uh…
benefits and everything, and got everything You know, and living on it for ten years
a little over ten years
until Mr. Bush did that little, that little thing Why, I haven’t the slightest idea [Interviewer]
Were you working in a salon somewhere? Oh yeah, I worked in Beverly Hills for five years [Interviewer]
Beverly Hills. Rich people? Yeah. Lot of money, I was doing good! [Interviewer]
Any movie stars or anything? I did [censored by beep]’s hair
And she’s a total horse’s derrière
She really is, she’s a… person Um, producers, you know, lawyers, doctors
you know, all that type of women and stuff
I had fun doing it [Interviewer]
How long ago was that? That was in, uh, the 80’s [Interviewer]
When did you come to San Francisco? Uh… ’95
Then left in ’97 Took my wife to Vancouver, Washington
to die of cancer She finally died after five years
and I came back here [Interviewer]
You have any kids? Yeah, I’ve got three boys by her But I’m kinda glad I’m away from ’em
cause after her death the only way I could [inaudible]
the way they treated me, was… Because of her death, that’s how they treated her death
they misused me, abused me, you know, stole from me [Interviewer] Your kids did?
[Papa Bear] My kids did, yeah Physically threw me around And I couldn’t handle them physically
because they’re 6’3″, 6’7″ and 6’5″ And I’m 5’7″ and three-quarters [Interviewer]
Where’d they get all that height from? My wife’s side of the family
she was 5’11” and all her people were tall, over six feet
so they got their height from that side of the family [Interviewer] When’s the last time you saw your kids?
[Papa Bear] 2003 [Interviewer]
You like it here in San Francisco? Oh, most assuredly
because it’s very diverse
very diverse. I like it [Interviewer]
So, you have any place to stay?
Where do you stay? Right here [Interviewer] Right here on the corner
[Papa Bear] Right here on the corner
[Interviewer] In the ‘Loin
[Papa Bear] On this slab, yeah Workin’ on gettin’ it back [Interviewer]
Do you ever use any of the shelters,
any of those facilities? Yeah, I have, and I don’t like ’em
because most people in there who run them
were out here just like us, but there’s no empathy They’re “better”
they’re “better” than us
and that’s how they treat us [Interviewer]
I hear a lot about how they’re unsafe
a lot of stabbings and stuff like that That too, oh yeah!
I was in… there was a stabbing a year or so ago
and, Jesus Cause they allow too many things…
they allow ’em to come in drunk, you know I used to be over here, and they told me
you know, for three weeks it was okay
and then they started letting ’em come in drunk
and mostly caucasians And when they get drunk
the first word that comes out of their mouth
is totally derogatory, and it’s the N word And I complained, I complained
and they didn’t do anything about it So I went down to MSC South
down there on Fifth and Bryant [Interviewer]
Yeah I know that one
I’ve heard that one’s worst than most of them No, they didn’t let ’em come in drunk [Interviewer]
Really, okay. You know, I always hear about
some people say that San Francisco gives too much,
too much services for homeless people They do help a lot
they don’t do “too much”, but they do help out But it’s not enough help
and it’s not enough… [pauses] Not “guidelines”, not, uh, not enough… [Interviewer]
They don’t really help you
get back on your feet or whatever? Yeah, they don’t do it properly
they only half do it, instead of fully doing it You know, just to get their little
money from the government or whatever It’s okay to live and survive on
but it doesn’t really help It only helps a little bit
then it helps assist those who are on drugs
or whatever, to do that, you know You wanna get out? Get out. And you can do that
You just, stop! Cause you want to! [Interviewer]
Do you want to talk about what happened with your hand?
I don’t want to upset any legal cases or anything I was helping this guy,
pardon me… I was helping this old gentleman,
who’s on a walker, to a cab which I been doin’ for ten years
I mean not ten years, but two years This particular time I walked up to the cab
folded up the walker, put it in the trunk And before I could get my hand out
he slammed the trunk down [Interviewer]
When you say “he”, you mean who? The cab driver
slammed the trunk down on my hand [Interviewer]
Ouch! I got my hand out, and I said
“You slammed it on my hand!” And he went
[imitating dismissive cab driver] “Call 911”
Jumped in the cab and left [Interviewer]
You’re kidding? No, no.
I looked at my hand and went into shock.
Half my middle finger was gone! [Interviewer]
Gone! Gone! Cut off!
I was… [swallows]
I couldn’t… I couldn’t believe it [Interviewer]
That was, what, a few months ago? That was, uh, about six months ago…
Well, it was six weeks ago, now [Interviewer]
Six weeks ago. And you got a lawyer,
hopefully trying to get you something? Trying to get me something
so I can get off these streets! That’s a heck of a way to get off the streets
It really hurts, but… I’m out here, attempting to survive
Doing what I have to, but But nothing illegal,
and nothing stupid, you know [Interviewer]
So do you still help people get in cabs and stuff?
It didn’t… you still do that? Oh yeah. I still do all that
It’s not going to change the type of person I am
I got a big heart, very respectful I just, I do things like that
That’s just what I do, you know
and it feels good when I do it, you know I shoulda asked you was this okay? [Interviewer]
Ah, it’s okay with me [Interviewer]
When you do panhandling,
how do people generally react to you? [Interviewer]
Are they respectful?
Are there people who are not? Some are respectful
A lot are not They say stupid, idiotic things
“Get a job”, or… I’m totally disabled, you know,
from the military, and I can’t work a job I’d definitely loose my pension
definitely they’d take out taxes Plus this PTSD comes on me
I have to get away from everybody and everything It’s traumatic when you have to take a life, in war
and I took quite a few [Interviewer]
Did you That was my job
I have a personal count: over 200 [Interviewer]
Wow. You must have changed a lot
after you went through that, I would think Most assuredly I don’t like to be around crowds
I don’t like to be bunched with a lot of people [Interviewer]
But it didn’t turn you violent or anything
That’s interesting No, no, it didn’t turn me violent
Because I had enough there, you know And, uh… I don’t know, that’s just…
That’s why I’m passive now, I don’t fight [Interviewer]
So it kind of took all that out of you Basically [Interviewer]
Were you passive before, though? No, I wasn’t, but if it did take me there
I’d probably spend the rest of my life in prison
cause it’ll flash back to my job, what I did
and I don’t wanna go there [emphatically] I do not want to go there [Interviewer]
So, let’s say you win your court case and get some funds,
what would be the ideal… what would you do? An apartment
And… enjoy life again It’s gonna be kinda hard without my wife, but
cause that was my soulmate But, to enjoy life — life is beautiful, you know? [Interviewer]
What would you do, would you travel, you think? Well, I did want to go to the Caribbean
My wife and I decided to do that before she died [Interviewer]
Did you… you didn’t make it? We didn’t make it So that’s one more thing I want to do
And I would like to go to Carnival [Interviewer]
Oh, in Rio? Yeah I did always want to go to Mardi Gras
But when I heard about Carnival…
“Ah, forget the Mardi Gras”, I want to try Carnival [Interviewer]
Have you ever been to the parade in San Francisco “Carnaval”?
Not quite the same, but… No, was it the gay parade? [Interviewer]
No, they have Carnaval in May of every year
down in The Mission, they have a parade and stuff No, I don’t like The Mission
Too many gangs, and too many things happening
It’s too crowded It’s very too crowded on the streets
and I just don’t like going there [Interviewer]
You don’t think it’s crowded here, in The Tenderloin? Not like The Mission
No, uh uh Too many different gangs and stuff
real close to each other
too much, too much, ah nah, nah And actually, this is on the edge of The Tenderloin [Interviewer]
That’s true We’re not really in, in The Tenderloin [Interviewer]
We’re not in the worst part, that’s true So, it’s okay
I’ve been down to that area [Interviewer]
Yeah, like down on Turk and down there
Yeah, that’s not an area I spend a lot of time in
I have to admit, yep Not a nice area
Not a good area And, quiet as it’s kept,
the “rule”: caucasians are marks
period Smile in your face, but they’re gonna get ya
I mean, they’ve gotten me, too,
you know, but, that’s the norm [Interviewer]
I guess the finger’s obviously the worst thing,
but other than that, what’s the worst thing
that’s happened to you in The Tenderloin? Being out here on the streets
Getting kicked in the ribs while I’m asleep
Things stolen from me constantly
I have nothing, but they take it [Interviewer]
You ever get harassed by the cops? I used to, but most of them know me now
So they kinda leave me alone Cause they know I’m respectful
and I don’t come at ’em rudely or “beligerous”
or anything like that, and they like, they respect that I mean, most come out, you know,
just swearing like they’re big things,
and they’re nothing Police are here to do their job, you know
here to do a job Yeah, there are some bad ones
cause they take their job too seriously But the others are, you know,
here to protect, you know, and that’s great My dad was a cop, so I kinda like know about,
you know, being a cop [Interviewer]
Did he want you to be a cop, do you think? Nah. He wanted me to finish high school [Interviewer]
Did you? Yeah, oh, I graduated from high school with honors [Interviewer]
In Cleveland? Yeah, in Cleveland
Went to Ohio State,
got a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Ohio State It’s one thing I wanted to do, and I did it Military helped me do that Cause when I went in,
they paid for all schooling without any problem, you know [Interviewer]
That’s nice, yeah And my country said “Fight for freedom”
and I went I love my country,
I was born here
so I went and fought for freedom [Interviewer]
What’s the most anyone’s ever given you in your cup? $100 [Interviewer]
$100, that’s pretty good Yeah. Oh, actually, ah, not in my cup, but When the Giants won their last game
to get into the Series
it was on the screen in Tommy’s This guy drove up in a white truck, went in
Stopped, looked at the screen, they won
Came back out, didn’t buy anything Looked at me, went in his pocket,
went back in, came back out,
said “I have something for you” Went up to his truck and brought me down a can that high,
squared, three-quarters full of change
pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters I took it up to Cala Foods,
when Cala Foods was still open
poured it in the machine I don’t know what percentage the machine got
but my ticket said $163
So I got $163 [Interviewer]
Wow, that’s pretty good Yeah.
That was the first time they got in the Series
So that was a few years ago [Interviewer]
I bet you’ve become a good judge of character
As people walk by can you kinda guess
which ones are gonna help and which ones are not? Nah. [Interviewer]
No, you can’t tell? I leave it up to them
and I’m always grateful for whatever they give me
even a penny, even a penny
Thank you, know, thank you very much, you know [Interviewer]
Anything you wanna say out to the world?
Who knows who could be watching this, right? [Papa Bear] Don’t get homeless
[Interviewer] Don’t get homeless
[Both laughing] Very bad [Interviewer]
That sounds like good advice Very bad [Interviewer]
How many years have you been on the street? 8 years
Way too long [Interviewer]
Well, I thank you very much for the interview You are quite welcome, and it was not a problem [Interviewer]
Let me give you a fee here
I give everybody I interview a fee, so here you go [Papa Bear]
That’s quite wonderful, I really appreciate that
Thank you very much, I appreciate it [Interviewer]
You’re welcome. I’m sure it will be an interesting story
and people will be interested in hearing your story I didn’t want to really get into
telling any stories about ‘Nam [Interviewer]
Yeah.
No, those are probably not pleasant, right? It kinda brings flashbacks, but… [Interviewer]
Yeah, don’t go there [Interviewer]
But you seem like, generally, an optimistic person Well, I’m looking forward to getting my stuff back! You know, that’s my hope,
that’s my wish, that’s my prayer
Cause that was my income, you know! And I didn’t just use it on myself, you know
My family, and those who really needed it And people always came to me when they needed something
cause I always had, I’ve always had And I’ve used this
The brain is very powerful and wonderful
and you can do so much with it, almost anything And I used it, and kept my life
to where I was able to help people out
you know [Papa Bear] That’s where it is
[Interviewer] That’s where it is, yep

63 Comments

  • Reply Party Of The Third Part August 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    There are no car crashes, sexy women, cute animals, funny pranks, catchy music, or those sorts of things, so this video's probably not going to be going "viral".

  • Reply Party Of The Third Part December 10, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Meet "Papa Bear", a homeless Vietnam veteran living on the streets of The Tenderloin in San Francisco.  Declared dead while in the service, but survived to be with us today.

    This video is part of an ongoing series of conversations/interviews with panhandlers and/or homeless and/or street people that I happen to run across, mostly in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.  I don't pretend to have any solution for, or special insight into, the "homeless problem".  I'm just interested in hearing people's stories, whoever they may be and whatever their situation may be.  And perhaps it puts some names to, and stories behind, some of the faces you may see on the street.  I ask whatever I feel like asking and wherever the conversation takes us.  I'm certainly not the world's best interviewer, but maybe I'll get better at it over time.

    #homeless #interview #panhandlers #vietnamvet #sanfrancisco  

  • Reply Trent McCormick January 3, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Any update on how Bear's finger is doing?

  • Reply Party Of The Third Part January 17, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Bear told me today that he was in a store (in the Tenderloin) and someone recognized him and said that they saw him on YouTube.  He's on his way to becoming famous!  Won't be long before Hollywood is calling…

  • Reply kkklaus February 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Wishing you all the best from Rumania,Europe.
    Respect .

  • Reply Party Of The Third Part March 21, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I am very sad to report that Papa Bear passed away on March 11th, 2014, at the corner of O'Farrell and Larkin, unofficially of an apparent heart attack.  According to a witness that I found, the paramedics were able to bring him back twice, but the third time he didn't come back.  If I am able to find out any more information, I will post it here.

  • Reply Nick Wilkinson April 4, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Did he ever get to the caribbean?

  • Reply NekogoahIgowakay April 22, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Rest in peace Papa Bear, you were a wise and beautiful person.

  • Reply barry taylor July 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    its very sad to hear that papa bear has died, its also very very sad that you had the chance to help this great man, and gave him a measly ! 60 dollars ! you scum bag

  • Reply Party Of The Third Part August 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I noticed today that this video has surpassed 3,000 views. Papa Bear would be quite happy about that. Whenever I would see him on the street he would always want to know how the video was doing.

  • Reply Persona non grata August 25, 2014 at 3:56 am

    What a real, well spoken man. RIP Papa Bear.

  • Reply Jas Rana September 3, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Amazing person. Rest in peace

  • Reply Joazim Ribeiro October 2, 2014 at 12:18 am

    You pathetic son of bitch, you uploaded this video only to make fun of this miserable poor soul. God is watching you. 

  • Reply Tracey Mctreacle October 10, 2014 at 3:46 am

    How sad to discover (from the comments) that Papa Bear has since passed. I am just watching his videos for the first time.Thank you for helping him. Rest In Eternal Paradise Papa Bear.

  • Reply UnitedPebbles October 20, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Sf is heavied with hippies: a war zone for the vets. But the city weather is nice. I recommend joining the police forces because the hippies people gonna be your boss after your daddy passed away; no, drugs are not the only thing keeping them happy, it is about tolerate others like Vietnam vets and their children.

  • Reply New Beginnings Incorporation: New Beginnings Transitional Services October 24, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    God bless Papa Bear. Rest in peace! Very grateful for His service to His country.

  • Reply Mark Helpsmeet December 18, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    A wonderful interview – Papa Bear seems to have been an inspirational spirit. I wish he was around so I could somehow set up a Spirit In Action interview with him. I think you must have all kinds of interviews that would make an excellent broadcast – talk to me. Thanks and great work.

  • Reply BORFU December 27, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I smell bullshit. This guys story is repeating one sob story after another. It would be a logical guess to say that he's playing the victim / sympathy strings so that he can get money at the end. I really don't believe half the shit he says, sorry.

  • Reply charity ferguson January 6, 2015 at 8:33 pm

     GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER SIR I PRAY YOUR LIFE IS BLESSED WITH THE RICHEST LOVELIEST BLESSINGS!!!  MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE GOOD  HEALTHY FOOD, CLEAN WATER A SAFE WARM HOME FULL OF EVERYTHING TO MAKE YOU COMFORTABLE AND HAPPY!!!  MAY YOU PROSPER AND THRIVE FOR BEING A FAITHFUL LOVING GOLDEN HEARTED SERVANT AND CHILD OF GOD!  MAY YOU GET OFF THE STREETS SOON SWEETIE!  I AM SORRY YOU VETERANS SUFFER THIS INHUMANE NEGLECT ABANDONMENT AND ABUSE!  SINCERELY I LOVE YALL CHARITY ANN FERGUSON**

  • Reply weewilly2007 January 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    However  colorful the character being interviewed is, and no matter how insightful or penetrating the details (verifiable or not) to his story are. to the human condition, recent world events, or even more current affairs, it becomes easy to forget the lens and camera frame this is all occurring within. So that maybe even more insightful to the human condition, world events, and current affairs, is the question of why someone with a high definition camera would spend 20 minutes 27 seconds to record this homeless man, and then beam it out to the rest of the World.

    According to Papa Bear his body count in the Vietnam War was over 200 kills, i wonder if the videograophers involved in this production would also have a similar score sheet in terms of how many recorded interviews they've conducted. With the larger question of course being, why? Would the answer be similar to the soldiers, in claiming that it was their job? Let's just hope the film makers here would be better compensated and appreciated in the future, compared to war veterans at present.

    The detail about how Papa Bear may have had his disability pay check stopped during the Bush Administration, because of his ethnic Muslim ancestry is an interesting detail, but of course that is no less interesting than hearing that he is a qualified hairdresser with a degree in psychology and 3 purple heart decorations to his name. And for all those people who are willing to at least entertain the possibility (like me) that all this couldcarry some bit of truth, I wonder if such people could also be easily convinced to part money for some piece of swamp land, if it's sold with enough of wit and good spirits

  • Reply pilotsnj January 11, 2015 at 12:21 am

    The man is a gentleman & a treasure.  Too bad he's no longer with us. 

  • Reply J February 24, 2015 at 2:48 am

    I can't help but think Stolen Valor.

  • Reply DeadlyHabit April 18, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    this man needs a second xhance

  • Reply John Barnum April 24, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Being a United States Marine and a war veteran, I have to say what he's saying sounds very shaky.  His story is fairly far fetched, and if he actually had been awarded 3 purple hearts he wouldn't have any trouble getting rated for disability through the VA.  He didn't seem to have any trouble at all mentioning having killed 200 hundred people.  That is a very high number, and no veteran that I know would so openly and easily talk about killing a great number of people.  He just doesn't sound sincere.  Maybe he is  a veteran, but  his stories seem to be just that… stories.  It doesn't add up.

  • Reply Secunda September 11, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Whether his story was fake or fact. Him being a homeless is a fact.

  • Reply Ron Sleeis December 4, 2015 at 4:15 am

    If what he says is true he would be drawing a fair amount of compensation to get him off the streets. Secondly if he's a Veteran he would be eligible for a small pension. The VA awards both go the above.

  • Reply TFfolkes December 25, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    too bad he didnt save his money and go to school. he was doing what he chose

  • Reply streamlinedful January 9, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    he's full of shit.,stolen valor on the backs of those who really served. Sorry he's homeless but this guys a meth head looking for some more. I'm a former Marine Corps Vietnam vet 0311., and what he says is not possible. "Legally bled to death"?., WTF ? Two years in the Marines? Three in the Army? .,56 hour surgical operation? This guy bullshits every time his lips move.

  • Reply Bri G. February 4, 2016 at 6:43 am

    If he has all those injuries, he could apply for a pension. I'm sure he could get some money. I'm a vet and this guy is either crazy or lying.

  • Reply Keith Richards Liver March 1, 2016 at 5:12 am

    If he was awarded three purple hearts he would very easily be able to get benefits.

  • Reply Michael Ledford March 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I can't follow any of this , nothing he says is clicking with me , I spent nearly 3 yrs in Vietnam from 65 to 68 , the cats dead so I'm not gonna post foul anything but I will say this , any combat vet is gonna have a shit ton of wtf moments listening to this .

  • Reply ball bust April 5, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    I served in the shit with Papa, Im a 5th dan Navy Ranger and served three tours as a CIA assassin in Laos so you can take my word for it Papa is legit, hes money, you can take his words to the bank, he aint lyin hes serious as a heart attack…

    I was there when Papa legally bled to death, i gave him a transfusion by gashing my esophagus and giving him mouth to mouth, one of 17 lives I personally saved in the Nam. Sadly when I was on a surveillance/sniper mission buried up to my eyes I was attacked by a swarm of Laotian Underground Donger Beatles and I had to remain perfectly still to avoid detection and so those vicious insects ate off my… well lets just say I have prosthetic testicles now, happily I still have my donger as it was too big for the insects eat.

    Semper Phi!

  • Reply ball bust April 6, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Seriously though this interviewer neednt idealize folks who have no where to live, vast majority of these folks are beyond rehabilitation due to chronic alcohol and other drug abuse and mental illness. Many of these folks are capable of working some bullshit job but understandably they have no interest when the alternative is having all their time free and having countless organizations competing to play here comes the airplane and feed them for free on a regular basis, and in addition in CA they are given nearly $200 a month in food stamps! This is why the only undernourished homeless folks you see are drug addicts and they are no less obese than the general population.
    Likewise we neednt glorify folks who obeyed orders to go into other peoples homes and maim and kill nearly defenseless people to enforce the division of their home and maintain an imperial base in the southern part of their country.

  • Reply Zack Scott April 10, 2016 at 1:32 am

    papa bear thank you for your serves

  • Reply Erik Nilsson May 15, 2016 at 10:49 am

    omg 200 hundred kills thats about 8 nukes bro, gj!

  • Reply Charles Merritt June 1, 2016 at 5:03 am

    a lot of poppa bear sounds strange to me. but i am not going to judge him it is not my job.

  • Reply HugMyNugs June 8, 2016 at 7:22 am

    I allways try to help people if i see them in need.. Makes me feel good

  • Reply baconmakinmayor June 15, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    horsenuggets

  • Reply Thunder cat August 9, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    STOLEN VALOR !

  • Reply james brashaw October 21, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    200 kills send him over to the UK he would get the VC for bullshit

  • Reply John Hill October 28, 2016 at 1:45 am

    I clicked like but came up unlike.
    Hillary must a hacked my phone

  • Reply Modern Clips November 1, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    how do u know he was in vietnam……they all say that to hide rapism/drugs/alcohol addictions.

  • Reply Jakyia McCallum January 30, 2017 at 3:14 am

    I believe your story PAPA bear we will miss u or I will I have a few questions Ques#1: Did the 56 hour surgery hurt afterwards or were you in a coma?Ques#2: Did you like it In the streets? (one dumb question I can ever ask)Questions#3: Did you like the interviews?Oh and… R.I.P PAPA BEAR YOUR SUPPORTERS WILL MISS YOU SERENELY I WILL MOSTLY! LOVE YOU PAPA BEAR..-Jakyia L. McCallum

  • Reply Crying Zombie February 2, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Every U.S. military veteran deserves some degree of respect. They don't need to ''qualify'' for respect. If they served their country, I don't want to hear about some people mistreating them because I've been there. I'm a Persian Gulf War-era veteran (U.S. Coast Guard), who will die on Wall Street. I was punched in my eye out of fear. The guy, who did that to me will be running from the police for life!

  • Reply Cush P,B February 7, 2017 at 6:17 am

    R,I,P poppa bear ,,an there's thousand of Veitnam veterans on streets homeless they not getting no pension forgotten ones ✌️

  • Reply GrannyGoose March 23, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    It's hard for me to understand how family can "disown" someone who made a mistake and went to prison. Didn't their pride in him mean anything? You just don't give up on family like that. I don't get it. God bless Papa Bear.

  • Reply Lee Carlson May 13, 2017 at 4:20 am

    It's heartbreaking to see homeless veterans. The least these people deserve is a home. Shame on the American government.

  • Reply Sam Nigam August 16, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I lost my Captain uncle (70 confirmed enemy personnel kills) fighting for Indian army back in 1965 against Pakistanis. It was a bloody war. In 1971 we liberated Bangladesh then East Pakistan.

     Shame on the US government and senators for abandoning and leaving a brave homeless Vietnam Vet 'Papa Bear' like this on the streets….! they fought for America's freedom and this is how you whore loving politicians treat your war heroes. Ira Hayes that Indian American was left to dead in 1955 ignored. He was a WW2 vet who fought for America in Iwo Jima. Pretty Shameful!

  • Reply William Blanton October 7, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    This is an over the top lie and exaggeration, research for 2 years for an out of body experience.

  • Reply William Blanton October 7, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Coached.bum for a lefty video.

  • Reply Josie P. November 7, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Why can the government do something about them , gosh this are PEOPLE they don't deserve living In the street, regardless if they are mentally ill or drug addicts this are Human bean, elderlies, etc.they don't choose to be out there if you see one or two or more help them for God sake built them a shelter just get them OUT OF THE STREET

  • Reply grumpy old fart November 9, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Guys like this get screwed over while the assholes who sat in the rear on their ass and smoked pot, are the ones who played the system, and got all the benefits, or played what little combat they saw into a senators seat (McCain & Kerry). Guys like this just can't put up with the bullshit it takes to deal with the VA. I did a year during Tet offensive, all combat and saw it all. I was fortunate enough to have a good job where I could work alone most of the time, and didn't have to deal with people. I've never been in jail, though I should be serving life. I built a $288,000 home but gave it to my daughter. I have money to burn, but spend most of my time sleeping on the ground, or creek bank, under a piece of blue Walmart canvas, with a wolf and a dog. It's the only place I'm happy.

  • Reply jon goy December 23, 2017 at 3:56 am

    My Father lost some friends to the Vietnam war. Very sad how they were treated when they come back

  • Reply dill papa December 26, 2017 at 12:59 am

    I "suspect" this of being scripted for many reasons, but I left it anyway for a multitude of reasons.

  • Reply D Naka January 25, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    welcome home papa bear. your viet nam brother, 69/70/71,NAKA

  • Reply vikingv45 May 6, 2018 at 1:33 am

    You can't be dead for a day and a half and come back to life.

  • Reply Benjamin T June 15, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    The American bourgeoisie won't even take care of those they send off to die for their billions. Disgraceful

  • Reply Amber Golson July 26, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Nice man

  • Reply Erik Balder November 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I always ask for a va! Can be fake as well i know.

  • Reply sammy scotch April 18, 2019 at 4:32 am

    vietnam vet…..should be getting disability, medical and several other benefits

  • Reply Gabriel Giron May 10, 2019 at 12:54 am

    He should be getting housing benefits 😇🇺🇸

  • Reply Gabriel Giron May 10, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Rip papa bear thanks for your service 😇🇺🇸

  • Reply Michael Ashcraft October 5, 2019 at 4:56 am

    At least you seek out the vets, most folks won't even look in our direction! Pappa Bear's story is all to common, many homeless vets die in anonymity, alone, yeah, thanks for your service!

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