No one understands military personnel, veterans, and family members like other military personnel, veterans, and family members. It is a tough lifestyle, and unlike a "normal" job, you can't just quit or refuse to do something. You were on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You made a commitment. It's hard. It takes a tough spirit, endurance, doing what's right even when it's hard, and a loyal support system. You love our country, our freedoms, our dreams. You see them being attacked. We may have nothing else in common, but we are forever brothers and sisters through our experiences.
Our World War I & II veterans are almost gone. Our Korean War veterans are close behind. Our Vietnam veterans are getting older and Agent Orange is destroying their health. We need younger veterans willing to step up. Some of us can't do it all, but all of us can do some.
It's organizations like the American Legion who go to Congress to fight for our benefits.
Imagine if there was no PTSD recognition. Imagine being told to "get over it." Not being able to get over it and becoming one of the 22 veterans per day who commit suicide. Your family would be without benefits and under a shadow of shame. Thanks to organizations like the American Legion, Congress knows PTSD is real and provides treatment and compensation.
Imagine being a Vietnam veteran exposed to Agent Orange. You get cancer(s), diabetes, Parkinson's Disease, heart disease, thyroid conditions, neuropathy, etc., with no covered treatment or compensation. After being spit on and called a baby killer. All because you answered our country's call for help.
What if there was no VA Home Loan program, or VA educational benefit? What if our veteran benefits were gone?
Helping is simple. Any veteran, family member, or descendant can help.
Post 287 is active and constantly reaching out to our veterans. Please, come to one of our meetings. We meet at 7 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Find out what we are doing. Find your niche. Make some friends. Pay it forward to other current and future veterans. You'll be glad you did.