Veterans thrown to the streets
Forgotten by all
Do they not deserve much more
Than to be treated like trash
They sacrificed much
Though the cause–questionable
Do we not owe them
Our gratitude and our help
For the part of them they lost
~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~
This touched my heart, being a disabled veteran. Thankfully, I’m not on the streets, and though it took a while and the intervention of a Congressman to get my records unsealed, I am receiving benefits, (such as they are). Thank you for thinking of all of us. Peace . . .
It truly is my pleasure and thank you so much for your service and sacrifice. Whatever benefits you are receiving I’m certain are not enough, they never are. My son is a veteran as well although I am so thankful that he came back from Afghanistan physically unscathed. Be well my friend and thank you again, I just wish I could do more.
Your kindness is enough – and I am thrilled to know that your son returned unscathed, (physically, anyway). The mental can be the real beast – I’m 100% permanent for PTSD, and it wrecks you physiologically, too. I hope if he is troubled he admits it and seeks the help. My service was a long time ago – Cold War, sneaky-Pete suff – but it’s all the same in the end. Peace to you and to your son.
Thank so much and I am sorry for the difficulties you are still enduring. I don’t think most people realize how much war changes a person. I have no first hand experience with war, but I realize that there is no possible way it cannot affect a person for the remainder of their lives. My son is fine physically, but he does have PTSD and another issue that I assume is associated with it that he needs to seek attention for. He has gone as far as getting the paperwork from the VA. Now he just has to follow through with filling it out and turning it in. Peace and blessings to you as well my friend.
Thank you Hawk —
You’re back!!!! Hooray!
Well sort of, I really am trying. 🙂
And your work has been wonderful.
Thank you Jen, sometimes I’m not sure so it is nice to hear. 🙂
You’ve been inspiring me to write about what’s been happening on the news — if Phil O isn’t here, then we need to pick up his work, right?
I agree, this can be our form of activism. Keep up the good work my friend. 🙂
I’m considering the HL decision for a tanka right now – and in reading Ginsburg’s dissent I’m amazed that so many precedents were overlooked and overturned by the five (wealthy, white, male) judges that prevailed. Between the way veterans are treated, the way veterans are (perpetually) being created, the way we treat the world, the way we treat the poor-powerless-downtrodden — our govt will always give us so much to write about. Sadly.
They do certainly give us plenty to write about I just wish that more of it was positive. It is horrible the precedents that they are setting that will shape our political landscape for many years to come.
Isn’t that the truth. Not only legal / political precedents — but lives ruined (or made just plain difficult) here and now. But hey — “he who has the gold makes the rules” right?
It seems as though that is true. They don’t seem to have a problem with what is going on in this country, but then again why should they they stand to PROFIT from it.
A very moving and nobel piece, Dom. We do owe them more and respect as well. I’m ashamed of our governments. Thank you for following my blog as well:)
My please and thank you for following mine. We do owe these men and women so much more than they are being given, it is an embarrassment and a shame.
It is indeed
I just don’t understand how this can happen to the men and woman who fought for our country…it is truly a travesty
You are absolutely right. How could we forget those that have fought for us…I just will never understand it. Thanks Gal.
Sadly, the same people who enjoy *making* veterans aren’t so happy when it comes to *helping* veterans.
You are so right. They seem to get forgotten once they are no longer useful to the people that “made” them. It is a disgrace.