Yes. Most folks don't even want to know we're in war even as we write. The sad thing is that the vets were the ones who helped America be in a place where folks can forget about them because life generally here is pretty good.
My husband was in Desert Storm,and you would be amazed how many people close the door in his face when he goes to apply for jobs.These men go out and risk their lives,then come back to have people act like they didn't or like they really don't care.
Yes, my hub even says so. Veterans are always treated terrible, but the vets from the Viet am war were treated the worse because they were actually blamed for the war. And nobody seems to realize that most were drafted at that time. And, if they weren't drafted, they enlisted to keep from being drafted. But when they came back, they were spit on among other things. I know, I was one that enlisted. Greg
Which planet are you living in? Earth? I don't think so. Since the Vietnam war America kicked its soldiers on the pavement, why would they care now? Camp Lejeune is/was an American military base where the water system was chemically contaminated leading to thousands of children, adults' deaths due to the conscious negligence of alerting its inhabitants! Former soldiers had to fight the army for them to acknowledge their mistakes and be retributed.
And still people see the army as a confederation of brothers, still think that America will take care of its "heroes", it is a despicable fallacy!
Lately, there has been some mixed responses to soldiers across the US. Some have been treated unfairly and given little respect. However, in general, I believe most Americans honor our soldiers and do what they can to support them. I have several family members who serve in the armed forces and I know they enlisted to stand for freedom in America.
Our government always forgets them. There is no budget to help reintegrate and settle our vets into work and family or provide any kind of long-term assistance. The vets with issues and disabilities get some help, but not nearly enough. We do have a lot of civilians who give respect and admiration to our vets, and many of them help out by donating to causes or helping with employment. Unfortunately, we have a lot of people in this country who have no use for vets, and in many cases hate them. I'm talking about the "takers" who expect others to take care of them, but trash talk and cause problems for those very same people. Some of the best people on earth are our enlisted military. They know the risks to themselves and their families. They know that a large percentage of our society will not appreciate their sacrifice. They know that coming home will be tough. Fortunately for us, these people volunteer anyway. Anyone who doesn't honestly support our vets and service people deserve to live in North Korea, and if I had the power, I'd send them there.
From one vet to the rest, "Thanks to you all. If we didn't have you, where would our country be? I don't agree with all the conflicts that our nation decides to get us into, but I am always and forever a patriot and a volunteer for this country along with my fellow servicemen and women." And for those of you who disagree with me, you are free to leave this country anytime you want. I'm sure I can get you a one-way ticket somewhere you'd feel more at home.
First, I will qualify my answer to this question.
I was in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1970; served two tours of duty in Vietnam (1967-1969) as an infantry soldier, and fought in some of the biggest and worst battles of that conflict.
Additionally, when I returned from Vietnam, I was addicted to alcohol and street drugs. And presently, I am still suffering from the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and chronic anixiety that I contracted in that conflict.
That said, neither the U.S. government, the American people, nor anybody else, owes me anything for my serving my country.
When I "went to war," I merely did what I was supposed to do. I went to work to do my job.
In fact, I am the one who owes the U.S.A.
Yes, I owe a huge debt to this great nation, because it granted me the privilege of serving in its armed forces.
Finally, I must say that all of the talk about military veterans being neglected and so forth is nothing but a lot of jibberish by vets who have a need for "special attention" and/or who view themselves as "victims."
And it is also the jibberish of those non-vets who are so patronizing in the way they see things, they are driven to treat and view vets as "victims."
Yes, and this is not a new thing, it has existed forever.
Go back to the Revolutionary War and do some checking.
The people that don't go to war, or police actions really do owe supporting the troops risking their lives for their country and them. They owe them loyalty and support during the war, and especially after the war. While these military personnel are spending their time serving their country the rest of the people are safe and prospering at home, even if only comparatively.
When the soldiers come back into civilian life, they need help but are left to their own devices to compete and survive. That is not fair or right.
The government should exempt soldiers and especially those in the combat zone from paying taxes on their pay.
Also, there should be some way for the government to get soldiers back into civilian jobs. It is like their is a long line waiting for jobs, and many are taken out of that line because the government wants them to serve their country. So now that they served their country they come back to that line, but they find themselves in the back of that line.
Sure many soldiers may have acquired a job marketable skill while in the service, but what about those that are pure soldiers?
There are an estimated 25 million veterans total. Of those, 19.5 million have no health care and 21.6 million receive no benefits. An estimated 1000 veterans attempt suicide each month, and an average of 5 veteran suicides are committed per day. Do you you still believe we do enough for our veterans? read more
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