The fact that we have a national holiday for Veteran’s is so ironic and hypocritical it pisses me off. So, for today, we honor the fallen soldiers and the people who are serving today. The oldest living veteran from WWII will meet today with President Obama. It’s all pomp and ceremony. Ask the question, what do we do for our veterans when they get home from Afghanistan and Iraq.
We send brave young women and men into combat; make them serve over and over again on tour after tour and when they come back to the United States what do we do for them? Nothing. You read stories all the time about homeless vets, the ones who can’t find jobs. The vets who wait years for medical attention. The vets who commit suicide. While all the presidents and Congress talks about how thankful we are for the brave men and women who wear our uniform, none of them does anything to help them when they get home. No one helps them find jobs, their medical care is iffy at best. This is no way to honor and repay them for their service. About the best thing I have heard that’s being done for vets is Wal-Mart wants to hire 300,000 or something. That’s just great, they could look forward to living in poverty the rest of their lives.
It’s time the U.S. government did something for our returning veterans. Maybe the companies that have made 100s of billions of dollars could chip in and have a strong jobs bill for veterans. Perhaps the U.S. government could assure them a 2% rate for a mortgage if they wanted to purchase a home. The unemployment rate for veterans went up last month to 10.1%. There are so many things that could be done, both by the government and private citizens to help vets.
It’s time to stop the lip service and start acting. I call on the president and Congress to make life easier for these people. Stop the hypocrisy and do something to honor them. I personally want to thank everyone in the military and all vets for their service. I always wanted to go up to someone in uniform and thank them for their service, but I always felt too awkward doing that. So I can do it from here! I am not in a position to hire anyone, give scholarships; I am in a position to get the word out. If anyone reading these words is in a position to do something please do. If you want ideas, contact me I have tons. But sending young people out risking their lives then turning our backs on them when they get home is unacceptable. And, it’s reality.