Every generation of combat veterans has had its challenges.
With enlistment there are many promises made to young men and women eager to serve, but few veterans are able to say that America lived up to her end of the bargain.
Most Americans are not privy to the difficulty of postwar life and presume that veterans receive the care and benefits they need. For years, American Heroes have been operating as a minority group needlessly suffering. Society typically blames the experience of war itself as the reason for crisis. Few realize that a negligent system is the real culprit.
HIGH RATE OF SUICIDE
22 SUICIDES A DAY =
8,008 VETERAN SUICIDES A YEAR
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- TWO YEAR WAIT FOR BENEFITS
- 10,000 REGISTERED HOMELESS OEF/OIF VETERANS
- HIT AND MISS RATINGS
- PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS
- CHALLENGED JOB MARKET
How high does the daily number of suicides have to go before America takes notice?
They have done everything that was asked of them in service to our country. All said and done, the system too often places the veteran and their family in jeopardy.o edit
They sacrifice to preserve the American Dream ...but should they have to lose their own American Dream?
- HOMELESS WITHIN 6 - 18 MONTHS
Since the VA released the startling information that 18 veterans a day commit suicide, the number has soared to 22 veterans a day.
These are the recorded number of deaths that were ruled a suicide. This number does not reflect attempted suicides, deaths by accidental overdose, active duty suicides, or those who are not enrolled in the VA system.
Imagine the devastation of the families who were once overjoyed that their loved ones made it home, only to experience their loss to suicide due to the strain of postwar life.
It is inevitable for lives to be tragically lost in combat. Lives lost on home soil resulting from a negligent system and society are not part of war and can only be seen as preventable. As suicide among OEF/OIF Veterans has far surpassed the combat casualties of these wars, the cry for help from our body of veterans cannot continue to go unnoticed.
Over 450,000 OEF/OIF Veterans are still waiting for benefits. Can you imagine what this means to heroes who are unable to find a job or in many cases not well enough to work? They are placed in grave financial jeopardy.
After waiting months or years, many veterans are given low ratings or denied benefits and receive little or no financial compensation for their injuries. Many are told their injuries are pre-existing conditions and not "service connected" even though were deemed "fit for duty". The appeal process can take 4 -7 years.
Between the years of 2003 and 2008, 26,000 veterans were discharged from service for pre-existing personality disorder. Among the 26,000 were long standing, decorated officers who are now without benefits.
Lengthy paperwork, a hit and miss system of disability benefits, and the pre-existing condition loophole in the system does not provide the best service to our heroes.
Veterans in need of disability benefits are facing undue stress from financial difficulties.
There are currently over 10,000 OEF/OIF veterans registered in the homeless shelter system.
This number does not include OEF/OIF Veterans living with family and friends, in their cars, on the streets, in a motel, or anywhere that falls outside the VA system.
In an already challenging economy, OEF/OIF Veterans are facing the extreme financial hardship that causes the loss of basic needs (food on the table and a home), and contributing to the already astounding number of homeless veterans.
It speaks volumes that 1 in 3 homeless Americans has served our country.
The majority of homeless veterans served in Vietnam. Statistics say it took 5-10 years for a Vietnam Veteran to become homeless. Our current generation of veterans are homeless within 6 to 18 months.
Homelessness among veterans is a long overdue problem that needs to be resolved quickly before this generation of homeless veterans begins to exceed those who served in Vietnam.
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