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A Tribute to War Veterans on the 10th Veterans Day since Operation Enduring Freedom

This marks the 10th Veterans Day since the advent of Operation Enduring Freedom–that first foray into Afghanistan and the precursor to what has become the longest, most expensive war in American history.

Dollars, however, are but a small portion of that price tag. The impact of these wars not only on those who’ve served, but on their families and communities, has been enormous. And if not dealt with efficaciously, the wounds of war will present significant challenges to public health and safety for generations to come.

With the war effort dependent upon an all-volunteer force equaling less than 1 percent of the American population, more than 900,000 of today’s service members have weathered the impact of the unprecedented need for multiple deployments. Nearly half of the force is made up of reservists and National Guard members who signed up with the intention of serving their country while maintaining ties to family and community. Things have not worked out as planned.

A staggering 17 percent of the active-duty force is on anti-depressants. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury afflict between 20 percent and 35 percent of all troops.

Additionally, the divorce, home foreclosure, and violence rates among veterans and military families are high and climbing.

[Excerpt of an article by Nancy Berglass, the director of the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund]

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2 Responses to “A Tribute to War Veterans on the 10th Veterans Day since Operation Enduring Freedom”

  1. I HAVE A “VETERAN OF FOREIGN WARS” BUMPERSTICKER ON MY OLD 96 FORD RANGER THAT SAYS: “IF YOU LOVE YOUR FREEDOM, THANK A VET” AND I DO EVERYDAY. I CAME FROM A MILITARY FAMILY HAVE VOLUNTEERED INTELLIGENCE TO EVERY CIVILIAN AND MILTARY INTELLIGENCE FORCE WE HAVE FOR 37 YRS. MY LIFE WAS LOST AND FOUND AND I WAS EVEN DEAD FROM SOLDIERS DISEASE TOO. WAS POISONED WITH ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATIONS ON MY LIFE AND ALMOST KIDNAPPED. BUT I STILL HAVE NEVER SEEN THE BATTLES THAT THESE PEOPLE FIGHT EVERYDAY. GOD BLESS THE BEST AND TO HELL WITH THE REST. HAPPY VETERANS DAY, YOU ARE LOVED COMRADE`S

  2. […] I am re-posting what I wrote last year, and sadly not much has changed, except many more have been killed or wounded: […]


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