Today we recognize Memorial Day.
I say recognize because it a day that was intended to be solemn in remembering those who sacrificed their lives for the very freedoms we enjoy today.
It is ok to do but it is much more of day than grilling hotdogs and hamburgers and celebrating the beginning of summer.
As Michael Norris, The American Dossier’s Co-Editor stated in a post on social media,” a friendly reminder that we do not “celebrate” #memorialday. Please, do not wish a #Veteran a “Happy Memorial Day.” Do not thank them for their service on Memorial Day. Memorial Day is for the brothers and sisters left behind. #memorialday2022.”
The only caveat I would add to left behind in this statement is to include the homeless veteran as they have been systemically left behind.
The systems and tools that are meant to aid them, though helpful at times are irretrievably broken.
This is reflected in the inactions of career politicians at all levels of government, including borough and county.
On Memorial Day, we should not take our freedoms for granted.
Yes, this is a day to honor to honor those who wear the uniform, and the ultimate sacrifice with them for our liberty.
For the past two and a half years I have worked with an organization that works directly with homeless veterans.
The most absurd scenario I encounter is often trumped by an even more than absurd scenario.
Today too many men and women veterans still struggle just to make it until tomorrow.
Many our plagued by PTSD the invisible phantom of war.
This is often seen in addiction and what we perceive as chronic misfortune and very often mis-stereotype.
I do not dismiss the importance of self-accountability.
These individuals endured the horror of war to preserve the blessings of our liberty.
Unfortunately, the statics show that many combat veterans will take their own lives to quell the internal demons that have haunted them from serving in armed conflict.
We live in an age in which three generations of U.S. military veterans, the Korean War, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf/Post 911 eras of veterans.
A very unprecedented time in our American history. And indeed, if any system or systems that are systemically broken it is sadly reflected in the plight of the homeless veteran.
It is our obligation to never forget those who answered the call to keep We must not only visit the grave of those that have fallen but to pray and fight for those who have come home who continue to fight for their lives on a daily basis regardless of our political party, beliefs, or ideology we are all called to do this.