I am pleased to announce that I have my second blog – Veterans Voice – up and running. I will focus on veterans issues only. I will still continue with my Berry Street Beacon, but I found that there is so much material to use that I decided to address issues that impact veterans separately. The site’s address is http://www.veteransvoice.wordpress.com.
I am the Director for a local group called Veterans for Better Health Care, and we have been active for the past 2 1/2 years. Our main focus for that period of time has been saving the inpatient beds at the VA Hospital here in Fort Wayne. But veterans face many other issues in addition to the worry of losing inpatient care.
Despite the few who have brought dishonor to their profession, our veterans deserve our respect and our support from the moment they take that first step to sign their names to that “dotted line” to the last step in their journey when they have passed away.
I graduated from high school in 1966, in the middle of the buildup in Vietnam. In a small, rural, conservative town such as South Whitley, support for the war was overwhelming. In my high school class, I and a couple of other students were pretty much alone in our opposition. But once support for the war began to dwindle, the treatment of our veterans became dispicable. No parades, no community greetings, no thanks for their service, and no support for all of the health problems that accompany battle-weary veterans.
Instead, the veterans were spit on and cursed when they arrived home. Added to the indignities they suffered upon returning was the almost instant shunting of the veterans and their problems to the background. America did not want reminded of a failed war. The disrespect and dishonor of our veterans such as occurred during the Vietnam War cannot and must not happen ever again.