RESPECT OUR VETERANS


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For far too long I have kept hearing stories about our fallen American soldiers. I started thinking about this and correct me if I am wrong, but at times it feels that people forget that we at this moment have American soldiers out there fighting and dying for our great country.

It is easy for people to complain about our way of living but the reality is that you do not have to go back to the Revolutionary War to think about our great American heroes. Soldiers have lost their lives regardless of who the President is or was. Soldiers fight for country and Freedom not for glory and credit.

As the brother of two retired U.S. Marines and war veterans I am extremely proud of them. We don’t always see eye to eye when it comes to politics but they always get my upmost respect in life. I know that they have fought in battles next to someone who didn’t make it back. I know that it must not be easy for them.

I keep hearing people say that we should send more soldiers to the Middle East to fight ISIS, but how many of you are willing to put your life on the line? My problem with all of this is that we give our Veterans very little respect. They come back to the states and most of them have no jobs, no living support and the Veteran’s hospitals are all too full and the waiting list is way too long. I can not even imagine how most of them might feel when they get back home. They must have such a hard time adjusting to this way of living.

I am starting to think that the saying “We Will Never Forget” is just something we say just to say it. Or it’s just the political thing to say. There has to be more that we could do for our Veterans. In NYC in an article published in The New York Times on Dec. 31 2015 by Nikita Stewart

Decrease in Homeless Veterans in New York Far Outpaces National Drop”

As city officials have struggled to cope with the surging number of homeless people over all, the city has quietly made significant inroads over the last few years in finding permanent housing for one group: homeless veterans. The number of veterans staying in shelters or on the streets has plummeted by nearly 80 percent since 2009, according to the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Officials now say there are 760 homeless veterans in the city, down from 3,689 six years ago. Although some advocates for homeless people have questioned the accuracy of the tally, they acknowledge that significant progress has been made.

This is unacceptable to me. We have to do more for our men/women who have sacrifices themselves to give us the freedoms and liberty we all get to enjoy day in and day out. My solution to this is that we have to support more programs like “The Wounded Warrior Program” Congress and our next President need to come together and address this important issue as our Veterans Hospitals are in dire need of huge make overs and our Homeless Programs need more in their budgets.  

 

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