I Called My Veteran Father To Remind Him Old People & Veterans Are Despised In This Society
I called my father today for Veterans Day. My father, now 77, was a medic in the Korean War. He also saw combat.
Dad was not home so I left a message. I told him our society despised old people and veterans because they are often not economically self-sufficient.
Dad called back to say that he saw most people as “simply indifferent.”
I suggested that if what he was saying was true, that apathy was a bigger insult than dislike and as such, as I said, he is despised. Dad said that view might have some merit.
Veterans Day has brought my father and I toghether.
Here is the Washington Post report that broke the story of poor care at Walter Reed.
Here is an Anderson Cooper report on homeless Iraq War veterans.
Here is a USA Today story reporting that one in four homeless people are veterans.
Here is a link to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.