I have been an antiwar person since 1970 and have been writing about the crappy treatment this country gives to its veterans that they pretend to cherish so much…..I have been writing about the plight of our troops and veterans since 9/11.
I first went to a Veterans Health Administration hospital for treatment in 1981, when I was assigned to civilian graduate school in the Boston area and no active-duty option was available. In the words of Ernest Hemingway, it was a “clean, well-lighted place,” not fancy but very functional. The medical teams were good at their jobs, and after a painful procedure or two, my problems were resolved. It left a lasting, positive impression of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Decades later, my daughter required a medical determination after her time on active duty as a Navy nurse. While there was a fair amount of red tape as she moved out of active duty and came under VA auspices, it was again a positive experience overall.
These god forsaken endless wars are not solving any problems and creating more than the government is willing to solve.
We all pretend that being a vet is something special……but that is a lie. We pretend that they are the saviors of our system….so we can justify the horrible treatment that they receive from the country they are protecting…..we blame the “other side” for the lack of benefits for our veterans…..that is easier than demanding that the vets get what this country owes them…..
This is not a new problem or a new bitch for me…..it has been occurring since Vietnam and just gets worse the more prosperous this country becomes….
Just a sampling of my thoughts on the lack of concern for our veterans….
There are many more on IST….just go and look around….
We say “thank you” for your service when we mean thanx for going so my kid can stay home and be a worthless lump of crap.
If you truly want to thank the Veterans then demand and demand again that they get the benefits they were promised for service this country in our time of need.
That would be a “thank you” that veterans would appreciate.
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