We amass weapons to defend other countries; raise millions of dollars to send to victims of tsunami, earthquakes, etc. Thirty-nine billion dollars has been spent on a fence between Mexico and U.S., however our most valuable assets are living on the streets. Men and women who have given of their lives and waged war on foreign turf to protect us are homeless today. When do we care for our own? No other country is going to care for our citizens who pay taxes, who went to war in good faith, believing our country would care for them once they returned from war, but now they are challenged by their personal tsunami. No company will get rich helping our veterans, but don't we owe them? Our tax dollars should be allocated to doctors, nurses, students who make it their priority to cure PTSD, Depression, Schizophrenia and numerous diseases that face our veterans attempting to return to normal life. Precious tax dollars should be spent for housing, food and health for veterans to be rehabilitated and set back on their feet.
We are considered a RICH country, but we are very POOR in the most meaningful ways. We treat our animals better than our Veterans. dorivt1
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Doris, the Department of Veteran's Affairs is doing something:
But there is a pride thing going on too and some of these veterans just don't want anything else to do with the federal government.
I'm a veteran and one of the charities I donate to is the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans http://www.nchv.org/ it's not a lot but I figure every dollar helps.
Well, they could do more. I am not a veteran, but most of our charitable contributions go to veteran causes because both my wife and I think it is inexcusable to give these people anything less than everything that is at all possible.
I detest war and think this country has made far too many mistakes in that area, but that is not the veterans fault and they deserve everything we can do for them.
I understand how you feel. Being a veteran I find it appalling that there are so many veterans returning to no or limited support systems.
You cannot heighten a man's killer instinct, send him off to be a warrior, and then expect him to return to his pre-military personality without confronting any internal or external conflicts.
We use to have a great support system. We use to pre-screen our recruits to evaluate their mental capacity. And, at least in the Army I served, we had the camaraderie of our fellow soldiers to get us through any difficulties.
@ Doris Sage what I meant to say is that the returning and distressed veteran has to want and accept the help that is offered them. In most cases, pride and distrust of the government will prevent them from looking into the resources available to them.
"Pride thing! They don't want anything else to do with the Federal Government."
I understand, maybe. No I don't really understand, I know that a good number of people live on the streets due to mental issues, addictions, etc.. It's easier to blame our issues onto someone/something else rather than to face it and move out of a bad rut, depression, .......,....... illness????????
Doris, you are correct and also incorrect.
"We" do not want any more ad-inhume evaluation from the VA mess.
I do not want to be handed a blue pill, by a 24 year Old kid that can not even find the D.. country I was sent to on a map!!!!
I do not need a P.A. to tell me I am hurting or in stress or depression. I wanted that when I came back, to complete it, find an end to it and get it over with then.
If this will aid in understanding, Here is a real excerpt from a Chaplin's separation briefing I went through at march AFB when I Came home.
I taped it to write of it later, if I could.
Good Morning Gentleman, and welcome Home. I am Maj General Michael J Farley; (Father Farley to most of you Men who know me)
I know some of you are wrestling with what went on over there. But I want you to know God understands what happened there. What happened to you. It was not real!
He understands that all of you did what was honorable, and just in serving your country, For in doing this monumental task, you served your God well.
You See Gentleman, God forgives war time actions, he knows and Understands your actions were necessary. You were placed in a non human condition against a non-human enemy, and He forgives you for all discretions..?".....
there is more, but I am stopping here.
I taped the speech it goes on and on in ramble form. but you get the drift I hope. When I felt i could I wanted to write about it all later.
Now, I ask you. With Idiots like that, do you really think the VA and or the Military can even begin to help anyone in need?
Do you think there is healing in things like this? With Civilian Doctors, PA's and Nurse practicioners that have never fired a gun or been fired at?
Goverment workers concerned about the paperwork, not the Person.
When an organization like the Army sends out Christmass messages that read;
From Maj General ........
You will have a Merry Christmass and you will enjoy it!
Do you think there is any Human understanding there at all?
And do you think the welcome home party, and the Minister or Priests visit and Your Mom and Dad parading you all over, and your Uncle's gathering telling War stories really helps you at that time?
Can you possibly feel, maybe why some one would retreat from that world and want to leave it, at a time like that?
In a combat situation everything speeds up to slow down, it is like you are watching yourself from another place. You are moving, reacting, doing it by fear and instinct, but you are not you.
after its over, you try really hard to put yourself back inside you. The sucessfull ones heal, some men can not.
Can you really feel that?
The ones on the street, those who could not put themselves back inside themself? I am not sure those men want to be reached, like people think they need to be.
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