We take young, 18 year old kids who are still wet behind the ears and we have them sign a blank check with their lives where they do their part to protect our country and our citizens.
If they are lucky, they will get a peaceful assignment.
If not, they might not return, and if they do return, they will probably deal with what they experienced for the rest of their lives.
And while they are over there dealing with whatever horrors they are experiencing, we enact laws here at home which will treat them like children when they return and we say that even though you smoked and drank over there, you are not old enough to deal with that here at home.
And you are too immature to deal with firearms.
Are we crazy?
And when they do return, 22 of them a day commit suicide, and our veterans administration believes it is only because of the traumatic things they are dealing with.
Trust me, I wrote them and let them know that I believe a lot of it is because of the job and opportunity environment that they encounter once they return home.
The VA’s response was to ask me if I was suicidal.
Talk about a brick wall, and denial.
So many will end up homeless.
And some will die on the streets of our supposedly great nation.
Is this what we want to be known for?
Throwing away our citizens when their usefulness is finished?
As a veteran, I believe we owe them everything, but I am biased.
What do you think?