Seemingly, Everyone Supports Our
But, what does this mean besides
giving "lip service"
and placing a magnetic ribbon on your vehicle?
Despite even the recent negative articles about Walter Reed Hospital and other snafus regarding veterans'
care, it is easy to be believe from media coverage that returning wounded veterans are "all set."
There are the displays of the latest medical advances as well as vets participating in a sport despite their disability...
even one vet jogging on carbon-fiber legs with the President. In deed, this participation may be the case
for some vets; still, it is not the same as "normal." Moreover, it certainly is not the reality for all disabled
While some may argue issues about soldiering in an all volunteer defense force, there is no issue that
loss needs to be fairly compensated. After all, civilian workers have Workers' Compensation... and their work is a voluntary,
Unfortunately, some war wounds literally
After the Bugles' mission is to make Americans aware of the true cost of "sacrifice for
When an individual takes the military oath, s/he gives up Constitutional Rights... therefore,
inalenable rights provided by the Constitution.
Warriors don't pick their
they are deployed to them under orders.
You, personally, may disagree with the orders and the leader who gives them...
but they cannot! Into harm's way they must go.
When one volunteers for a tour of duty, one hopes, imagines, and prays that after that tour,
his or her life will go back to normal. Unfortunately, for many it does not. In fact, their tour of duty
remains a lifetime with a disability.
Spin it anyway one wants, that's a unbalanced sacrifice.
Most people think -- or at least would like to think -- that all vets automatically get
benefits to cover their past and ongoing sacrifice. This is NOT the always the case. We recognize that this is
uncomfortable to know; but, it is the truth. For example: There are still thousands of sailors fighting for medical
coverage to address chronic illnesses caused by the use of "Agent Orange" during the Vietnam War. That war
ended over three decades ago!
Now, let's get very uncomfortable. Ask yourself...
What would be fair compensation for you and your family if you
entered the service for a tour of duty and as a result of that tour you ended up blind and without an arm and both
What do you think would be the impact on your family and family
There are other questions... but these two will do...BECAUSE THERE IS NO AMOUNT to answer the
first questions and THERE IS NO KNOWING to answer the second.
If one is religious, one might pray that one's Almighty grants these people and families a special
strength. These are worthy prayers, but they are not always answered. Just look around:
All manner of
physical, emotional, and relationship wounds abound from war.
Therefore, if you really support the troops, you must hear about the disabled vets' needs
for support long past the ruffles and flourishes announcing their return home.
Listen to the call of After the