Sorry folks, but I have reached my limit. I am sick and tired of veterans being used as pawns for political gain and/or hate and bigotry. Veterans are not pawns. We are people with feelings. We chose to serve our country.
We do not ask for special favors. We do not seek special treatment. We do not want anything except what was promised to us. That is the very basic thing about being a veteran. After our service, we did what we could, just like everyone else to support our families.
Yes, many of us do have “special needs” that require us to seek assistance. Some of us were wounded in battle. Some of us were wounded in saving lives. Some of us suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some of us suffer from injuries caused by our jobs.
For the most part, you will not hear veterans complain about their problems. The major complaint is that we need the assistance, and as usual, our government and our country have abandoned us. But, we are used to being abandoned. The country has abandoned veterans since the end of the Revolutionary War.
There have been some good things that have come our way. The GI Bill education and mortgage programs are two such things that helped us. The Education Program helped many of us get college degrees without incurring huge student debt. The Mortgage program helped many of us purchase our first house.
But we still see manpower shortages at VA Clinics and hospitals. We still see long wait times just to get an appointment. Once we get the appointment, we have no complaints about the treatment. You can blame the administrators of the Veterans Administration. You can blame Congress. It doesn’t matter who you blame. We are still waiting and after the headlines cleared away, no one really gives a shit!
I am not a big fan or user of Facebook. I do occasionally go and see what some of my friends are up to, but that is about it. I don’t participate too much myself. I see a lot of right-wing and left-wing stuff, but mainly I see stuff I really don’t care about. Like someone’s dog in a cute video or a picture of a meal they are ready to eat.
It is not that I am putting down people for that, it just doesn’t interest me in the least. Then, yesterday, I saw something that made my blood pressure skyrocket. It came for something called American News. I am guessing from the post that it is some kind of right-wing propaganda site, but I refuse to even look at it after this.
I am sure this has been around for a while, but it was the first time I saw it. This is what made my blood boil:
You may ask why this would make me so angry. Simple. This post has nothing to do with helping our homeless veterans. It is pure hate by bigots who are using our homeless vets as propaganda for their agenda of hate!
If these assholes really cared about the homeless vets, why haven’t they done something about the problem? Why are there still millions of homeless veterans living on our streets? Because they don’t care about our homeless vets, they simply hate Muslims and want to use vets as their prop to gain headlines.
Of course it had that “like and share if you agree” tab on it. Sorry, but if you liked and shared this piece of shit all you were saying is you agree that you hate Muslims more than you hate veterans! That is a harsh statement. But it is true!
We have seen veterans homeless for generations. Nothing of any consequence has been done to help these men and women gain a better life. Oh, you may say “thank you to a vet” but I doubt you ever said “thank you” to a homeless vet. I doubt that you even spoke to a homeless vet.
Walk down the street and watch people react to people they think are homeless. Most will just look away. Some will even cross the street. Accepting Muslim refugees has nothing to do with our homeless vet problem. Trying to show it does shows just how much hate you have for Muslims. Not forcing Congress to address the homeless vet problem, shows just how much you don’t really care about veterans.
I call on everyone to fight back against this hateful display of bigotry. Veterans are people. We served with all kinds of people from all backgrounds. I served with Blacks, Latinos, Jews, Native Americans, Filipinos, Atheists, Christians, Hindus, and yes, Muslims. I find this type of “post” to be insulting to my brothers in arms and to me personally.
This is not the kind of America I served. This is not the kind of America we want for our children or grandchildren. Veterans come from all walks of life. Everyone of them deserve respect for their service. Everyone of them deserves NOT to see this bullshit anymore.
If you really care about the veterans and want to “thank us” for our service, do something positive. Donate to one of the many charities that are so necessary to help veterans. Fight your Congressman to make sure veterans get the treatment they earned and make all of these charities unnecessary. Fight back against bigots who try to use us as pawns to foster their hatred.
This post from American News, whoever the hell they are, proves to be nothing more than hate mongering of the worst kind. As far as I am concerned, they can take their post and shove it right up their ass! When they do, I hope it hurts like hell and causes rectum bleeding for their lifetime!