19 May 2015

Don't Forget the Vet

My meager charitable donations are heavily weighted toward veterans and lightly toward the more popular suffering or starving animals, children, etc. I've nothing against animals and children (animals, anyway), but everybody likes animals and children, so they get their fair share of support thanks to heart-string-tugging commercial pleas drenched in Johann Pachelbel and Sarah McLachlan.

But we tend to forget the vet, from funding and solutions mired by gridlock in Washington, to apathy and ignorance from the general populace. It is shameful and sometimes criminal how we treat our soldiers after we've sent them off to die or be maimed (physically, psychologically, or both) for the arguably good or actual protection of the country. Whether one agrees with the wars they fight or not, let's don't forget that these men and women are following orders, not creating them.

 A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
-Texas Guinan

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