It’s not much of a secret that America has been neglecting its veterans for so long that it seems to date back to the Revolutionary War. Soldiers that go to fight for their country tend to come back and find that the same country they fought for now gives them the runaround when it comes to finding a job and gaining much-need assistance. This kind of occurrence is something that should shock the general public and send up a general outcry loud enough for the government to hear and respond to immediately. Unfortunately this has not been the case, and though there are those that have managed to get access to the kind of medical treatment and resources they’ve needed, there are still many, many more that go without and are forced to wait for the services that they so desperately need.
America gladly supports the troops when they’re serving the country’s interests, but coming home is another story.
So what does that mean exactly? It means less access to medical care, less access to facilities that veterans need for various purposes, and even less access to cemeteries so that they can obtain an honorable burial when they pass on. Veterans did their absolute best to protect this country and its interests and in return they’re being treated like second-rate citizens when their service is up. Is this fair or is it simply the act of a government using their militaristic might as child might use their toys? Taking care of our veterans should be a top priority upon their return, and yet some of them are treated as broken and easily discarded by the system.
It’s time for those that don’t do the fighting but are still in control to feel the pinch.
Now if this doesn’t burn you up a little bit it should. The average Congressman or woman will make upwards of well over $100 thousand dollars a year during their term, and will still make close to that as their pension. Veterans don’t even make a fraction of that on average and don’t enjoy the same benefits that the taxpayers are granting those that serve in Congress. While some of those that sit in their comfortable seats might have once known the uncertainty of the battlefield, others have never even been near one.
Perhaps it’s time to switch things up a bit.
The time for thanks will always be present, but the time to take care of our veterans has been long overdue.
Too many of our veterans are homeless, too many have gone without the proper care, and far too many have been lost because they did not receive treatment in time. It will take more than words and far more than thanks to make this right, though words should help to ignite the fire that will hopefully burn bright enough to shed a light on the treatment of our brave men and women that deserve so much more from us.