The Geo-Political War Against Veterans
By Kerry Patton
We all heard about the World War II Veterans “storming” through barricades recently in DC. While “storming” may be a questionable term used solely for headlines, surely a storm is brewing and our veterans are in the mix of it all.
Politicians are playing with the lives of veterans every single day and frankly, it’s getting out of control.
While it’s difficult to decipher fact from fiction these days, considering how convoluted media has become, some things remain nonetheless concerning for those who served.
Last Saturday, a US Army Ranger platoon operating in Southern Afghanistan was out on a night mission. During the operation, they encountered command detonated improvised explosive devices and suicide vest wearing insurgents. According to SOFREP.com, at least two Rangers were killed along with two other support personnel. This was a mass casualty atrocity considering about half of the platoon was injured—many remain in intensive care battling serious life threatening injuries.
If you believe the recent mass-cas in Afghanistan was bad, wait till you hear how the federal government is handling the matter. According to NBC, “The families of five U.S. service members who were killed over the weekend in Afghanistan have been notified that they won’t be receiving the $100,000 benefit normally wired to relatives within 36 hours of the death.”
Why won’t these families obtain what is rightly owed to them in the timeliness outlined according to DoD policy?
Political douchsticks decided to play a game. It’s an incredibly austere game which not only threatens the livelihoods of those wearing the uniform past and present, but also one which places family members in unnecessary hardships.
There is a geo-political war against veterans and their families right now.
We are the 9% who at one time decided to sacrifice everything for this nation. We are the select few who voluntarily placed not only our own lives, but our families’ lives, on hold ensuring we would protect against all enemies foreign and domestic.
We did part of our job. We protected against foreign enemies. But did we do the other part which protects us against those of domestic origin?
When you threaten the brotherhood of veterans and their family livelihoods, I for one will not stand idly by. As we have proven time and time again, when united, Veterans can not and will not be ignored.