Here is a very alarming statistic!
There are over 200,000 inmates in America’s prisons who are veterans.
That’s 14% of the U.S. prison population!
Which means that 1 out of every 7 American citizens who is incarcerated today, once served our country by participating in its armed forces.
And when you consider that:
Nationwide, 900,000 veterans live in households that rely on SNAP to provide food for their families.
57,849 veterans are homeless on any given night, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
An investigation by the Department of Veteran Affairs concludes that Almost once an hour a military veteran commits suicide. That’s over 8,000 suicides every year.
And consider that government programs for food stamps, housing and mental health have all recently been cut.
When our nation’s young soldiers are recruited and advertised as heroic unselfish patriots fighting for national freedoms and yet later as veterans, treated as though they were worn out, discarded and forgotten appliances who can no longer be of any marketing value, then something is seriously wrong with what it is that we all think we, or rather our soldiers, are fighting for.
If the costs of waging war are so great that the costs of healing the wounded are considered too burdensome then it’s time to recognize the fact that war isn’t our most serious nor our most pressing problem.