Did you know that a huge amount of the homeless population in Washington DC is comprised of veterans? I have watched as person after person hurries by, trying to ignore them. The veterans never get upset, just seem more sad. No, not all homeless are veterans and not all veterans choose to use any help they get to feed themselves or better their lives, but some might. You will never know if you don’t stop ignoring them and get to know their story. How many Americans, who have never experienced combat, can possibly judge someone worthy of your time and attention?
The movie, American Sniper does a good job of shedding some light on the things that plague a warrior returning home. A Vietnam Veteran is affected much more so. No one trained these soldiers about an enemy who uses guerilla warfare, fighting on it’s own soil, killing or capturing men without making a sound. They came home treated as failures, rejects, an embarrassment to society. No one made an effort to listen, understand, and find out how they can be helped.
What memories they must live with, seen behind their eyelids each tile they close. How would such things affect home-life, employment and friends. Yet there they are, people in their expensive suits walking by the veteran who valiantly served when called. Think about that for a minute.