Thanks to our old buddy, Rock for sending this important video to us. If you can watch this and not be affected, you are heartless and don’t appreciate what these veterans have sacrificed for us – I’ve got no use for you.
This video reminds us of a serious problem that is ongoing, but we’re only infrequently exposed to the unpleasant visuals – images that illustrate the problems that really exist, the unacceptable treatment of our veterans.
It is a national disgrace that we expect our young men and women to voluntarily expose themselves to injury and death to keep America free and yet many separate from the military and for whatever reason, don’t get the help they desperately need to acclimate back into civilian life.
And yet, almost every day I read about some benevolent do-gooders who are fighting for the “plight” of illegal aliens. Some are trying to get illegals free tuition at some colleges; others are lobbying for housing assistance and other benefits – for those who entered the U.S. illegally.
It appears that we have allowed illegal aliens to occupy most of our national consciousness while ignoring the treatment of our returning veterans.
How on earth can some people feel so much empathy for people who enter the U.S. illegally while at the same time, completely ignore our own young people; citizens who have volunteered to go into harm’s way on our behalf?
They aren’t getting the medical help they need. Our VA programs are failing them. Some return home missing limbs, some suffer from psychological problems, and others just need some temporary financial assistance to get back on their feet. And what are we doing?
Precious damned little.
President Trump made a number of pledges relating to veterans during his campaign. We need to make sure that he honors those pledges. After years of cuts to the defense budget, he’s proposing to increase spending on our military. Part of that commitment to improving our military preparedness should be to commit to taking care of those who have sacrificed so much to protect us.
Let’s all try to keep this subject front and center. It’s important that we honor our commitment to help those who have given up so much to defend our freedom. We owe them that – and so much more.