By Polo Munoz, Managing Editor/Publisher
War is a constant calling card for action, of any type. War on drugs, war on poverty, war on what we feel must be attacked and destroyed. Although we are very willing to send folks off to fight our battles, we keep failing them when they come home with their own, caused by the places we sent them to.
We need a war to end all of the suffering of the casualties that come home after serving in distant and dangerous places in order to avenge our anger or to allay our fears. It has been reported that around 22 veterans commit suicide daily, but the numbers may be under reported.
Why are we still willing to send our military men and women to combat and celebrate their war experiences and still be willing to allow our legislators to cut their benefits or in some cases kick them out of the ranks when they come back broken? Who is ultimately responsible for such flagrant injustice? We are. There is an estimated 50,000 veterans homeless every night. These are folks that for one reason or another, patriotism or need, decided to accept the challenges and the dangers, the opportunities and the deficits of military service.
On this Veterans Day we must remember to fulfill the recruiters promise made in the name of a country in need because of legislator’s decisions to wage war.