Wounded in Action and Inaction

Cultural diversity is not acceptable in many countries, but in America, we are supposed to be the great melting pot. Regardless of the many cultural influences, most Americans are lacking in basic social skills. Two of the biggest skills that we need to improve upon are respect and compassion.  Many people in our society are oblivious and are not willing to learn about new people, places, religions, or cultures. When did anyone give American’s the right to judge people, and when did the fabric of our families and our country begin to fall apart? I ask myself, “When did this happen?” and I realize quite quickly it escalated after that fateful day September 11, 2001. I also recognize that our mindsets can be changed by life altering events or forced circumstances.

Our country was devastated in all aspects, but it also changed the way people in our country would look at their neighbors, and anyone else they would come into contact with. September 11, 2001 would also tear families apart and send our young men and women into a battle they will never fully recover from and they will never win.

Men and women who served our country during this current time of war are heroes. But what is the ultimate cost? They will never admit to being victims, but Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is affluent among most of the military that have served in this war. It is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years. Government services are not providing adequate support or funding for these individuals and many are left handicapped because of the lack of proper services.

Case in point, I see men and women who come home from the war with traumatic brain injuries. Imagine your child serving for several tours coming home and not getting the services they need….  As I continue with this blog, you will read some of the most disturbing things I encounter with the way our government is treating the Wounded War Fighter’s that come home alive but might not be able to take care of themselves.  I will also point out some additional flaws that have failed our military and some unfair flaws involving their pay. So they are wounded every which way.

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