22 military vets commit suicide each day. That’s one soldier every 65 minutes.
23,000 active military members access SNAP to help feed their families.
Over 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.
The White House and Congress are headbutting over how to fund the new Veterans’ bill, with the WH wanting cuts to come from other places in the budget, excluding defense.
So, to summarize, we have vets killing themselves because they can’t get the mental health assistance they need, vets sleeping on the street because, mental health issues and poverty, and some who are still serving don’t make enough to feed their families without government assistance.
But we do have $92 million to throw a parade to stoke and stroke the ego of a man who did everything possible to avoid serving. According to what is being reported, $50 million is for personnel and equipment being used in the parade. The other $42 million is going toward security.
Yeah, I’m sure it’s going to cost a pretty penny to sweep the streets of the homeless that are living along the parade route. I wonder how many are vets with mental health issues?
How many marching in the parade will go home to meals prepared with the help of SNAP benefits?
But yes, by all means, let’s have a parade. We don’t have anything better to do with that money.
My father, who served in Korea for over 2 years and then served an additional 31 years in the Army and National Guard is fond of pointing to his dog tags and saying, “I am the property of the United States government.”
Ladies and Gentlemen, you need to take better care of your stuff.