Steven M. Hunt
May 31, 2012
Veterans of the United States Military
One thing that I am extremely passionate about is my patriotism and my allegiance to the United States of America. I have spent a total of 16 years serving this once great nation with no questions asked (for the most part), with due diligence, and many, many sacrifices. Anywhere I was told to deploy, whatever the mission, I went. Over the course of my career, I saw foreign soil more than I saw my own family. Alas, no complaints from me. So why is it then that I feel the sense of some unsettled conflict raging inside of me?
Unfortunately, many American military members and veterans do not have access to the financial support and essential resources they need while on active duty or when they come home. It is the fact that our returning and long-returned veterans are not being treated with the respect and decency they so deserve. It does not matter whether they are from the WWII era, Vietnam, the Gulf or Iraq and Afghanistan era, these veterans should not have to deal with senseless degradation that so many of them are put through. Having to commit to such tasks as proving the fact that an illness or condition is directly related to service, has become ridiculous, especially when most healthcare professionals know for a fact that symptoms and conditions sometimes take years to present themselves as a problem.
From the lack of proper healthcare to the issues of homelessness, our war veterans should never half to face a hardship in life again as far as I am concerned. The war cry “Support Our Troops” has become synonymous with the war itself and not the warrior. Let us get back to focusing on the warrior’s needs. Let us be there for them as when they need us, as they were there for us when we often had no idea. The numbers are startling. The VA estimates that 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given...