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More Fighter Jets?

Donald Trump in canceling his Ill advised military parade tweeted the following

The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up! I will instead attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th. Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!

Really?
More fighter jets???
What a child he is!!

How about funding the homeless vet population. Which went up for the first time in 7 years.

Whose responsibility is that Donald?

NFL players take a knee to protest social injustice and Trump call it unpatriotic and disrespectful to the country’s vets.  He does this for political reasons ignoring or not really caring about the real reason for the protest while at the same time pretending to actually care about our country’s veterans.  But you can’t hide your true feelings as your actions betray you. We’ve all seen the horrible statements he has made regarding John McCain’s POW stint and his disrespect to Gold Star families.

Veterans are living on the streets and he wants more fighter jets. Not really for matters of national security mind you but more so to feed his oversized ego.   Who’s really the unpatriotic one? Who’s truly disrespectful to veterans.

DISGRACEFUL!

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Happy Memorial Day…Now let’s show the vets we really care

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that about 12% of the adult homeless population are veterans the majority are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders.

While unemployment rates for veterans has steadily declined over the past few years, to rates lower than the general population, data shows that post-9/11 veterans have struggled find work more than the general workforce and more than troops who served in previous eras of conflict. About 9 percent of former service members from Iraq and Afghanistan were unemployed in 2013, compared to about 6.6 percent of veterans overall and 7.2 percent of non-veterans.

Almost 700,000 veterans currently have some degree of officially recognized disability as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A July 2010 report found that child abuse in Army families was been three times higher in homes from which a parent was deployed, for example. From 2001 through 2011, alcohol use associated with physical domestic violence in Army families increased by 54%, and with child abuse by 40%. This trend may be associated with research linking increased alcohol consumption with partner aggression among veterans suffering from combat-related wounds, injuries and illnesses.

So this year don’t just wave the flag and talk the talk. This year on this Memorial Day make a commitment to:

If you own a business or know someone who owns a business help a veteran find a job;

If you’re a landlord, realtor or know someone who is help a homeless veteran find a home;

Become a big brother, big sister, or mentor to someone who lost their Father, Mother, Brother or Sister as a result of their service to this country;

Volunteer at the local VA hospital:

Do whatever it is you can do no matter how small you may think it is to make the lives of those who served this country and their families a little easier.

Remember for those who serve and their families the battle doesn’t end when they come home sadly it’s just beginning let’s help make it easier for them.