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Veterans . . . a Debt Owed!Robert M. Collinsworth Salem-News.com
Veterans include those who have served and those who are serving.
(HARRISVILLE, N.H.) - To me, the perfect way to understand what our country owes to our veterans is to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. This monument was designed not to be a memorial to the Viet Nam War but to the men and women who served there. The wall currently holds the names of 58,272 service men and women who lost their lives in that conflict. This monument rightfully honors all those who served and risked their lives there. Too many U.S. citizens still visit that wall during the frequent tours and are amazed at the number of names but fail to reflect on the lives lost, the hopes and dreams destroyed, the families forever torn asunder, the fathers and mothers who would never get to hug their sons or daughters again, and the birthdays that once brought joy but now bring sorrow.
We are right to honor our veterans and wise to build memorials to them, rather than to the wars our politicians create!
Here's the rub though: Many of those fortunate enough to return home, do so as damaged individuals. Physically and/or mentally injured in such a way that they can never resume the lives they knew before their service. Jobs they once held have possibly been filled by others in their absence. Injuries, both physical and/or mental, may now limit the abilities they once had. These physical and mental losses happened because these men and women attempted to serve their country and its citizens . . . at least that is what they were told by those warming the seats in Washington. To turn our backs on those who sacrificed so much for us would be low and callous to say the least.
So fellow citizens, pick up your pens and send a personal note to your Congressional Representatives and Senators telling them that you expect them to fight to assure that all necessary and appropriate services are given to those who gave service to us. Those services should include (but not be limited to) Medical care, employment training and placement, financial assistance, and appropriate personal recognition of their sacrifice. These unsung heroes are, after all, far more than just names to be inscribed on a wall somewhere!
_________________________________Writer Robert Collinsworth is an American who isn't hesitant to talk about the good side of his country, and that is a welcome thing in this day and age. Salem-News.com admittedly, is very critical of both American politics, as well as those of other nations that we perceive is being wrong in their motives and actions. At the same time, within these structures we criticize, are many outstanding people who make each day a better place for all those around them. They embody and personify the American spirit that is sometimes fleeting, but always present.
These are some of the things Robert takes into account when writing commentary that is designed reach people, to "get them thinking" in his words, and indeed it does. Salem-News.com's goal is for all people to be on the same page, we appreciate Bob's more conservative approach toward that same goal."
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