Veterans have formed a line of defense around our loved ones and us to ensure we can enjoy the safety, freedoms and liberty we have all come to expect as American citizens. Their major contributions are undisputable and their sacrifices unquestioned. Yet, they often come home and receive very little support.
Part of this occurs because what they do happens away from the eyes and ears of the public and ‘out of sight, out of mind’ thinking always leads to a lack of understanding and empathy. Another part is that what they do reminds us of things we would like to imagine does not happen. Men and women are sent to engage in combat always resulting in death and wounding of themselves other combatants and civilians. The while affair is dirty and most would like to not be reminded of any of it. Our veterans who often sport wounds from the battles in which the country engages reminds us of these conflicts. Finally it is as a result of our forgetting our responsibilities as citizens of this great country. We owe our veterans for their sacrifices and it is our obligation to pay. Because we are not individually or personally called to pay that debt, it is easy to forget it or put it aside.