Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Syria? What about the humanitarian crisis of veterans right here?

Syria? What about the humanitarian crisis of veterans right here?
Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
September 4, 2013

When thinking about Syria, think of this. We have a humanitarian crisis right here. We didn't take care of the veterans of Afghanistan, or Iraq, or the Gulf War, or Vietnam or any other war. If they do what they want to in Syria do they really have plans this time? Plans to end it? Plans to pay for it? Plans to take care of the widows? Plans to take care of the wounded?

Too many have said no one knew how long it would take in Afghanistan but that is a lie since the government was involved with getting Russia out of Afghanistan. Too many said they didn't know how long it would take for Iraq to be finished. That is a lie as well since after the Gulf War the warnings about going into Iraq from Kuwait were also known. They knew it would not be over fast.

Too many said there was evidence of this and that back then but just like most wars they got the troops into, it turned out to be wrong. Listening to the heads talk about "what we know" when it comes to Syria causes most of us to remember what we were told before.

As for the wounded and disabled we already have consider the simple fact of the VA being responsible for less than 4 million disabled veterans out of 22,328,000 and this nation of over 300 million can't even take care of them.
U.S. Military Deaths In Afghanistan Reach 2,133, Injuries At 19,200
CBS News
September 3, 2013
Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 19,200 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

WASHINGTON (AP) – As of Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at least 2,133 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.
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At least 2,122 dead? How about the thousands of suicides tied to Afghanistan and even more tied to Iraq? The VA latest "study" found at least 22 veterans a day take their own lives. That is 8,030 a year.

That means during 12 years of war there have been 96,360 suicides.

Secretary Hagel said "The Department of Defense has no more important responsibility than supporting and protecting those who defend our country and that means we must do everything possible to prevent military suicide." but as we have already witnessed, the $100 million he is talking about in new funding is a fraction of what they already spent. If it worked, no amount of money would be too much but considering the results of the Pentagon spending over $4 billion for 2007 to 2012, added to the money spent by other departments, money spent on the suicide prevention hotline and the VA, they have been on the wrong track but fail to notice they have been wrong on this as well.

Charities set up for veterans has become a billion dollar a year industry but we see more and more veterans suffering as the fundraisers make money for themselves.

So exactly when will the leaders of this country talking about what Syria is doing to their own people when they can't notice what they are doing to the people they expected to fight the other wars?

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