What has your country done for you lately?

29/11/2009

I am watching the CNN Hero awards, I suppose its the VMA’s for charities. It’s kind of interesting, at least nice to see that somebody is giving some recognition to the people trying to make the world a better place.

Right now they are awarding Roy Foster, the creator for “house for heroes”. Basically what his organization involves is taking homeless war veterans and getting them into a place to live, and eat.

What my problem is with this situation is that this organization shouldn’t HAVE to exist. In a country that puts so much pressure on their citizens to joinethe armed forces, when you cant turn on the television without seeing a commercial glorifying active duty, this should never be. There is something very wrong with this.

I have a couple of friends from a few years ago who are in the US Army.  They didn’t join because they bought into the propaganda. They didn’t join to fight in a pointless war. They were given the ultimatum to join, or go to a detention centre. They had made some wrong choices, and obviously  had to pay for their disservice. The thing that really bothers me is that it would have probably been better to take jail time, given the way the US Government treat people who lay their life on the line for their country.

I understand that there is a line that has to be drawn, they can’t possibly afford to cover every single person alive who has fought in every inch of the armed forces, but still. It seems like the government uses these people, and then just tosses them aside as soon as they are too injured for duty, or too old.

I suppose that as long as you are happy and healthy, and able to dodge the bullets and shrapnel, the only thing you have to worry about is the irreversible mental damage most soldiers come home with, right?

It’s despicable, dare I say irresponsible.

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