The Way We Treat Our Veterans Is Criminal ~ Honoring Them Today

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Courtesy of FreeImages by Ana183

 

We’re all familiar with the Veterans Administration scandals. It’s outrageous, and is indeed criminal. The culture in Washington, D.C. must be changed with regard of U.S. veterans, and changed quick.

But today is Veteran’s Day and I want to remember and honor America’s military veterans. I want to thank them for their service. They are a breed apart: courageous, self-sacrificing.

I’ve always had a heart for America’s veterans. Maybe that’s why the hero in my debut novel, BURNING HEARTS, was a decorated, World War II returning veteran with a degree of shell-shock. Today, we’d call that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Today’s veterans who return with PTSD and other disabling issues must receive the medical treatment they deserve. Medical attention for veterans is not an entitlement. It’s part of the compensation they were promised when they signed up. Veterans who are able to work, should be at the top of the lists for government jobs. These are not difficult things to accomplish. There simply must be the will in Washington to do so.

Armed Forces Day ~ Recognizing Our Armed Forces

Defense Dept SealI’ve long been in awe of our Armed Forces, the finest military force that has ever existed on the planet. And so Armed Forces Day is a perfect day to show appreciation.

It’s imperative that our young men and women serving abroad far away from their families, often in dangerous circumstances, feel our appreciation. It is my hope that this blog in some small way will help boost the morale of any member of the US military who happens to read it. I also hope to hold out the hand of friendship and support to the families of military personnel.

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On May 17th, Armed Forces Day 2014, across the fruited plain there will be military air shows to enjoy as well as parades and other civic activities. It’s a great day to make it a family time. Take the kids and have some fun, but at the same time teach them to respect our men and women in the US military.

 

This is a time I have to speak in outrage about the unconscionable treatment our veterans are getting in Veterans Hospitals. The worst case is in the Arizona VA Hospital system where veterans have been reported to have been deliberately placed on secret waiting lists, resulting in veterans dying. It’s my opinion that care in VA hospitals across the country must be improved. Our veterans were assured they would have medical care when they got out of the military. This is not something that out of the kindness of our hearts we give to veterans. No! It’s a contract this nation signed with its military personnel. It’s part of the the benefits they are guaranteed when they sign up.

We tend to think our veterans have been treated better in days gone by and that it’s only in this present day that it’s gotten so bad. There have been delays in giving veterans back pay in days gone by, and the treatment of Vietnam veterans was horrid, a national disgrace. It’s time as a nation to get it together and improve our track record with regard to our military veterans.

Burning Hearts, Amazon SmI’m a supporter of the US military. My very first novel, BURNING HEARTS, was an arson/murder mystery with its male main character a World War II hero veteran. During the war, Lieutenant Lorne Kincaid appeared to be a motor cycle courier, but in actuality he was sent on dangerous undercover assignments in France for General George S. Patton. After the war, Lorne decides to settle down in a small village where he helps the story’s heroine, Erica Brogna, try to rescue a woman trapped in a burning house. When the wealthiest family in the village realize their dilettante son might be the major suspect, they leave no stone unturned  attempting to frame Lorne.

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