Memorial Day brings honor to Americans, all races and religions, who served for our country’s safety and well-being. We are the greatest nation on Earth as a result. Those who have remained safe and not suffered the sacrifice of experiencing war first hand, no matter their imagination, cannot know the horrors these valiant men and woman lived at times.
Our expectations of freedom in America have depended on their service. We owe them much more, a wise direction and mass appeal for change regarding their treatment is critical. Honor and respect, shown by how we treat them, is surely less than they deserve. How can we help?
No one can deny the exposure and now transparency of how a few manage the many, perhaps even creating the distractions of war to serve another agenda. Opinions vary, but the facts are now exposing a travesty in how our veterans aren’t getting the care they deserve. Suicide rates for veterans are alarmingly high, treatment is delayed by long waits and our VA hospital has been the talk of the nation. It hasn’t been good. It is a symptom of a systemic problem; answers may be simple, saying a bottle-necked system is complex engages understatement.
From 1991 to 2003, hundreds of thousands of our bravest men and women sought help from the Veterans Administration, from the Defense Department, from the White House, all to no avail. The official word was that Gulf War Syndrome did not exist. So they suffered in silence. Tens of thousands died from these conditions. Many lost their homes because of the high costs to pay for medical care themselves. Independent investigations, including those conducted by many of the Gulf War veterans themselves, showed multiple causes behind Gulf War Syndrome, including experimental vaccines, exposure to depleted uranium (DU), and toxicity from biological and chemical weapons, oil fires and other environmental contaminants. (www.globalresearch.org)
Although budget priorities favor a strong military, the economy of scale for military production would cause a major glitch in the financial sustainability of millions of people in the US and around the world. We know the budget for military spending is 54% of the total US budget. Is this really necessary?
Redirecting a large chunk of that budget would cripple the existing economy within the military manufacturing and supply market. Thousands, perhaps millions of jobs would be lost and no doubt companies would go out of business. Dependence on fossil fuels would drop considerably as well.
Knowing that, any plan for a redistribution of the budget needs short, medium and long-term plans for educating and retraining military servicemen and women to serve the shifting economy. Is there such a plan? If not, how can we create and implement one?
As an Independent, it’s time we stood for something here in America. It appears our country is on the road to change, recovery and a sustainable future, taking advantage of the recent advances in technology-driven alternatives across the gamut of small business, education, health, industry and social delivery systems. If we cannot provide for those who’ve made the greatest sacrifices, how can we even think we example good citizens or a leader to the world?
We can fix what’s broken. When need to choose to do so and take appropriate action. Maybe, over time, an Independent Party can arise that all Americans can be proud of and champion a change in the way America works. The aisles need to be cleared of any bottlenecks to service delivery. Action is imminent.