First and foremost…. My apologies for slow response to those of you who have contacted me. I work long hours, and short evenings = little time to write back. So the weekends are the only time I have to write.
I believe in what we do to support our community of veterans, military wives, spouses, families. Reflects on our commitment of who we are and our belief in our country.
I know some of us have our own way of bringing resources together regardless of our income level, education or ethnicity. Of course recent findings and discussions about the veterans population of the United States is comprised of less than 10 percent of the nation’s population of 310 million citizens, and immigrants.
The distinction of military service, sacrifice (not only making the ultimate sacrifice) of temporary duty or deployments away from family, loss of limb and mobility or recent inclusion of brain injuries from IED’s, along with PTSD is understood by organizations comprised of social/service, medical, both physical/mental health, government agencies.
Yet, the question is why do we have to fight with our elected officials, and the very agencies that purport to support us ? For the entitlements of education, physical rehabilitation, medical care, jobs or adequate housing for our families who want to raise their children in a safe environment.
We are overfed by too much media information about pop culture or distracted from the issues as mentioned above. Those of us who help contribute with activism and maintaining awareness of the veterans population and community do so because of our Love, Faith in ourselves as we did. As our fathers, grand fathers, uncle’s, and especially women who answer the call to duty.
This is our duty to ourselves and to continue to educate our country about the hard ships after the media puts us aside for pop culture celebrities. Or those who protest government intervention, yet where are they when we are no longer of interest?
Note: time and history serves us or works against us. As it did for the Vietnam generation of veterans and after nearly 40 years after the last American s left Saigon by April 30, 1975.
History speaks for itself….
Today, I will attend the movie “42” about Jackie Robinson with a co-worker whose father served in the U.S. Army and retired. As respect for the African-Americans who have served this country since the American Revolution. Along with those “Brother’s” I served with at Pleiku airbase before and during Operation Tame the West.