Penalizing Wounded Veterans

Posted on October 12, 2014

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Our government is not taking proper care of our wounded veterans. How did this happen?

The way I see it, the debate about war has created such a wedge in our perspectives — support for armed services versus a belief that the wars have been a waste of time and resources — for many civilians he concept that they support veterans is foreign and impossible as the thought that they should or could travel to Mars and back within a lifetime.

Also, there are those in government who what to cut out everything in order to reduce the deficit.

However, we can do something. In fact, we as a country ban together often to heal and to help. We found each other after 9/11. the tornadoes in the South and Midwest, and during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

The difference is random acts versus choice. There is an expectation by many that because veterans chose to enter the armed services everything that happened following their entry into service they willingly chose and therefore the country does owe them anything. Veterans, kin fact did make a choice.

They chose a job with the government for the security of a paycheck, for the promise of school, for the welfare of their families, because they wanted to serve their country and be a part of something greater than themselves.

By the way, this is why I enlisted in the U.S. Army in the 1950s.

Most important, they were contracted by our country to do work on behalf of our country, and since we are a democracy, when our government inducted these men and women, the government did it in our name.

Today, we are penalizing wounded veterans for their choice, ignoring something our country promises and stakes our integrity on.

I propose that we take war out of our conversation, and think about what is really at stake, men and women, human beings who have been wounded and who cintinue with injury and who have been harmed.

I challenge our elected representatives to do the right thing by our wounded veterans and provide the money to help heal  the wounds promptly and to provide continued care and attention for them and their families. Also, we all need to show compassion for those serving in the armed forces.

Let our country’s victory be one that unites us in the name of humanity and healing.

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