After a week of reviewing both the positive and negative responses I receive from the veteran community to many of my articles highlighting veteran’s issues, I asked myself if I should continue my efforts to raise public awareness for those that have protected and defended our Republic.
Many would rather I stop.
To them, my writing causes more harm than good. Perhaps they are right. Perhaps I am feeding the division that exists in our community of veterans; a community of men and women as diverse and divided as our nation itself.
This is an excerpt from a comment made to me by a reader, who is a veteran, known as VASUX:
“John, Simple is the way! Complexity causes confusion, which is why the Gov. writes things using verbiage that is confusing to most and totally unnecessary. The fact that Vets are all Vets is pretty simple to me, because I set my EGO aside. Once you have done this, it is not difficult to figure out what is really going on. People are so caught up in their own selves that they can’t see past their nose to spite their face and as a result many suffer at the hands of others.”
Suffer at the hands of others.
No one likes to be told their baby is ugly, but the fact remains—as our national debt explodes, our economy decomposes and our collective fears metastasize—our veterans (all of them) are not a national priority for our citizens or our government. This is not one man or woman’s fault. It is a national embarrassment.
For those who care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is more broken than the Immigration system our government broke, ignored for decades and now is obsessed with “fixing.” America’s healthcare system— albeit expensive—is far more accessible and serves the general public far better than the services we promise our veterans.
Decade after decade, Americans tolerate financing government largess; unconstitutional benefits willingly consumed to provide an illusion of stability for some and comfort to unresponsive scoundrels in Washington. Meanwhile, an obscene number of veterans wait to be evaluated and approved to see a doctor for their genuine service connected health issues.
Not only is this immoral, but it is causing fractures in our veteran community. If America continues to neglect our responsibility to protect and defend those that served for us, we are condoning their sacrifice to our self-serving apathy.
Is this honorable? Is this the lesson we wish to be taught to young men and women considering a career in America’s military? Moreover, can we stand idly by while they are forced to argue among themselves for a scrap of unfulfilled American commitment? Have we as a nation become that consumed with venality?
To veterans from VASUX:
“Let’s work together to beat the system that is beating us all. We are all Veterans and should help each other in every instance, no matter what. Forgive those who make mistakes, pick them up and carry them to the finish line and win the race as a team not as individuals or groups but as 1. It does not matter if I am smarter or he/she is, you are all my brothers/sisters and if there is a problem let’s work together to solve it not place blame or point fingers as this will result in the demise of us all because it will weaken us as a group and that helps the enemies to succeed.”
I have been asked by veteran VASUX not to “feed the fire that is raging out of control.” I will not.
There is too much division in America. We know who our enemies are. Many inhabit our nation’s Capital and some we stare at in the mirror every day. If our Republic is to survive and prosper, we must have a sense of common purpose. Common purpose cannot be legislated. It must be adopted by decent people who choose to serve others first.
It is time Americans fought for our veterans. We owe it to them. More importantly, this is a common purpose that could bring this fractured nation together again.
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