On May 12, millions of Americans spent the day celebrating the mothers in their lives. Mother’s Day serves to remind us of all these women have done.
Later this month, Americans will celebrate another special group of people. A group, much like mothers, who put others before themselves. A group who paid the ultimate price for what they loved — their country.
This Memorial Day, we will place flags on our windows; we will march in parades; we will cheer for those who serve, and bow our heads for those who died in the process. We will swell with patriotic pride.
But, what happens when the parades end, the flags come down, and everyone goes back to their lives?
Like mothers, veterans give their all for what they love. And, like mothers, veterans, all too often, get so little in return.
We praise those who serve, yet when the time comes to provide the services they need to cope with the toll of warfare, America falls short.
Our soldiers return from battle, suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and are often left to fend for themselves. The resources they find may be limited or too expensive.