Thirty years of gun-slinging mass murder American style had almost pushed me into mute hopelessness. But feelings of despair offer no answers, so I went looking for antidotes. I had found two, before the horrific gates of gun violence hell touched my own family.
Of course, finding a job does not in any way equate to preparing for a battle, but it is a battle nonetheless that many of the men and women who leave the military often find themselves unprepared for.
Help has been slow to come for members of our military and our veterans in crisis. Nearly 1 million veterans from various wars await a ruling from the Veterans Administration on their claims for disability.
Is it any wonder that we have returning troops struggling with reintegration into civilian life, or troops who choose suicide? We need to acknowledge both the danger we are asking our troops to accept and the long-term effects of it.
A Vietnam veteran sits down next to an Iraq veteran and asks him, "How long have you been living in this homeless shelter?" The Iraq veteran responds, "Ever since Memorial Day." And they laugh. Really, why shouldn't they? The joke is, after all, on them.
Detroit has one of the largest veteran populations in the nation. With a new group of veterans returning from the end of the Iraq deployment, we need to connect veterans and their families to the available benefits.
In Wisconsin, a veteran with only his or her Veterans Affairs (VA) ID card will be turned away from the polls. "Unjust" and "unconscionable" don't cover this -- we need uglier words to describe the disfranchisement of citizens who've served.