06 Oct America’s Wellness at Risk?
A TO Z: 26 ISSUES TRANSITIONING VETERANS FACE #23
From the time a soldier wakes up in the middle of the night or until the time that the combat veteran puts their head on the rack at night, one thought runs through the daily thought process of these brave individuals who served our country and that is what will today bring? What obstacles will arise today that must be overcame? What stresses will occur that may or may not drastically impact a life forever for themselves or someone in a distant region wearing the uniform with the American flag on their sleeve for the world to know what sacrifice and freedom looks like?
Do we forget at what cost we are able to enjoy a mostly free life or the lives that were lost on the battlefield both domestically and abroad? When that same soldier who protected our rights comes home, do we protect their well being the way they have protected ours? These are decisive questions that can’t be ignored before as a society we are able to sleep at peace ourselves at night. With the face of terrorism knocking on our front door and coming like a thief in the night, where do we turn for safety? Do we look to our law enforcement, which is under extreme scrutiny for our protection? Do we turn to the federal government to “police” up the danger and fear that is starting to engulf our internal American culture beyond the conversations of yesterday that focused on terror “over there”.
If we are unable to take care of our soldiers wellness in their times of need domestically, who were willing to die for freedom, how can we possible protect civilians in the matter of a national security breach within our own borders? Regardless what side of the aisle you stand on politically, we are all Americans, Right? Isn’t that statement true or are we all part of a larger component that caters to the wealthy while the rest of us are left to fend for ourselves fighting to survive? Soldiers and veterans serve to protect and use deadly force as a last resort. The complications of this critical decision in a compact moment need recognition, respect and love back on the home front.
It may be hard to explain or understand how these two topics relate, but you really have to sit back and think about it. The truth is many people have no knowledge of the brokenness of the VA Healthcare System or how veterans are dealing with some major challenges in coping with what they saw overseas. It is easy to pass the buck, but you can only pass the buck for so long. When you cut spending in critical areas, you always have vulnerability in that space that was once secured. Next time you think about the wellness of your family and the lives you are trying to protect around you on a daily basis, also think about our servicemen and servicewoman who have fought the good fight for us all.