Steve Robinson was a veterans advocate in Washington, D.C., working tirelessly for years, speaking out for those who had no voice, pushing on the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to do more and do better.
Sometimes exaggerating to the point of absurdity is a way to draw attention to something. And sometimes a story needs no exaggeration at all. It's absurd all on its own. Just take a look at military veterans and their experiences with the VA.
In 2010, I began to follow U.S. soldiers down a long trail of waste and sorrow that led from the battle spaces of Afghanistan to the emergency room of the trauma hospital at Bagram Air Base to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Too many of you will have to spend the rest of your life trying to wade your way through a normalcy that will always be anything but normal to a soldier who has experienced war. My heart is for you. All of you.
What makes the transition so hard for our veterans is not a shortage of facilitating resources, it is actually an over-abundance. With close to 400,000 different organizations and platforms the space has become over-saturated.
After the nation once again took pause to honor generational sacrifices of its warrior class this past Memorial Day, an unknown, but no-less important anniversary date looms: June 16 -- Veterans National Groundhog Day!
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.