As you listen to the politicians waving the flag on Memorial Day, remember our veterans died with the belief that their nation cared and is responsible for the men and women who fight our wars and that they would receive the nation’s full support when they return. Especially when they come home with physical and mental injuries. I watched AMERICAN SNIPER last evening and was overwhelmed by the patriotism of soldiers, and ashamed for our nation. It is a disgrace and shame how we treat our combat veterans upon their return home.
Veterans die by the thousands because of the inferior and delayed care they receive from the Veterans Administration and because of the wave of suicides. If we do not have the resources to provide proper care for our veterans who come home after fighting for our freedoms, then we cannot afford to go to war. If politicians think it’s too expensive to take care of veterans, then don’t send them to war!
There were times when the sincerity behind the pledges from a grateful nation to those who served and sacrificed life, limb and mind meant something. Today when the President and Congress look at the millions of vets who have a potential claim for benefits, they see a threat to special interest projects, to the billions spent on illegal aliens, and voters looking for handouts.
We are cynical and have lost our sense of shame when we hear about the thousand of veterans living homeless on the streets and find such homelessness for troubled, traumatic and agonizing veterans acceptable.
It is a shame to listen politicians shout “God bless our troops!” Our freedom and prosperity rests on the back of those soldiers, yet we allow the President and Congress ignore their responsibility for this stain on our national honor.
It is a shame when our government considers veterans potential terrorists after they return from fighting actual terrorists.
It is shame when we allow veterans to languish in hospital waiting rooms, die while waiting for appointments, commit suicide while waiting for treatment, and compete for jobs and education against illegal aliens.
Watching the movie I realized that we must never forget and always be grateful for the sacrifice and bravery of those who act in our name as American soldiers throughout the world. It is up to us to force the politicians to live up to the trust that soldiers, dead and alive, had in their nation’s integrity, patriotism and honor.