Happy Memorial Day
As we take this day to honor the veterans of this great country let us not forget that we should be doing this every day. We owe a great deal to the men and women who have defended our freedoms. As we enjoy the cool breeze while watching a beautiful sunrise on the lake let us remember that one in five Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are experiencing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, or major depression, yet only 53 percent suffering from PTSD or major depression have seen a physician or mental health provider. 154,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. One-third of homeless Americans are veterans, even though only one-tenth of all adults are veterans.
We fishing enthusiasts and lovers of the great outdoors are great in number and many of us are veterans ourselves and know that due to political considerations and budgetary restrictions that often times the veterans are placed lower down in the order in the scheme of things our represtatives consider important. With two wars ongoing and thousands of veterans experiencing the carnage of these wars, we can only look forward to seeing more problems encountered by our veterans when looking for health care and help adjusting back to civilian life.
Please take a little time and encourage your representative be they Democrat or Republican to fully fund the VA and make good on the government's pledge to take care of our veterans when they return in less than 100% health from the wars thay have been sent to.
It is not much to ask. It only takes a few minutes of your time. But with the sheer number of us, we can make a difference.
If you are an employer and need to increase your staff, hire a veteran.
Thank you for letting me indulge in an area that is near and dear to me take care and have a great day of fishing.