Give Peace a Chance?

7 Feb

 

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.

Then…

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.

Isn’t it?

9 Responses to “Give Peace a Chance?”

  1. jdrews37 February 8, 2014 at 12:23 am #

    SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! WOOOOH! USA! USA!

    …until they become veterans… then to hell with ’em…

    We’ll buy you a drink if you wear your uniform in a bar.. But if you’re on the street asking for some change…….

  2. tric February 8, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    Great post. Here in Ireland we have no such trouble, as we have a small army who are mainly involved in peacekeeping missions, but we have British television and are privvy to a similar problem there. They have not actually highlighted the number who become incarcerated but they have publicized the number who have committed suicide or made a serious attempt. It is beyond sad to think of young boys exposed to so much for honourable reasons and how it will affect them for ever.

  3. mollytopia February 8, 2014 at 5:15 am #

    Amen. These statistics are ALARMING. My dad was a veteran and the healthcare he received in his final years was disgraceful. Thank you for standing up for these special people.

  4. mollytopia February 8, 2014 at 5:26 am #

    PS I tweeted this.

  5. The Crazy Crone February 8, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    I have a simple solution – any politician who wants to declare war has to lead the troops, up front, on the ground. That would soon stop the wars!

  6. heavenhappens February 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Hear hear to all that!

  7. A Voice February 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Overwhelmingly, I believe it is the case that (1) there is no profit to be made by the pleonexic in healing or advancing HEALTHcare post-conflict and (2) if the extent of the damage done by the conflict, all things considered, was to be shown via research into advancing HEALTHcare it would be alarming and result in a loss of profit to be made by armed conflict.

  8. francisguenette February 9, 2014 at 1:03 am #

    This post hits home for me. In Canada, last week, the news was full of stories about how the MInister of Veterans Affairs had slagged off a prescheduled meeting with a group of veterans where he was to explain the closure of a number of veteran service centers. The thrust right now is to replace real people who work with often traumatized veterans with computer kiosks and iPhone aps. How often will we have to say things like sanctity of life until you’re born and, as another of your commenters has said, support the troops until they become veterans. Sad, sad, sad.

  9. loisajay February 23, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    I volunteer at two different prisons, weekly. I was amazed when I heard about the veteran’s groups they had at prisons. It never occurred to me…. Good post. Sad, but good.
    Thank you, also, for the ‘like’ but thanks even more for this.

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