We begin 9-11 differently than most days in America. It may start as a typical cup of coffee and running the kids off to school. But as soon as we encounter the radio, TV or our neighbors we are quickly reminded of our American tragedy, the fall of the World Trade Center. Sixteen years later we still pause for a moment of silence, flags are raised and we briefly remember the strangers we lost that fateful day. But many don’t remember millions of veterans that served in the Gulf War (August 1990 to present). Those young men and women that signed the dotted line immediately upon hearing that decades old tragedy and the ones that keep signing for us, for our freedom. Currently, 43% of all 20 million current US vets have served in the Gulf War. That’s a huge amount of veterans living with us everyday. Today, let’s take a minute to explore their sacrifices.
Women Run World War III
Women have always been a significant part of the US Armed Services team. Hollywood movies only depict women as nurses and support staff. During the past 16 years women’s roles on the front-line have finally been discussed. Accordingto reports, women are 2.7% of front-line units and 5.4% of tactical operations. Though the military ban of women on the front-line has dissipated, somewhat, women still comprise 14.5% of total active military at over 203,000. The numbers tell a key story in the post 9-11 America, namely that women are a significant force in World War III. These women have left their “traditional” roles to promote our freedom. Let’s remember that when someone wants to tell a dumb blond joke. Janie’s got her gun and she’s using it.
All Our Brothers and Sisters Sacrifice
As American streets are covered in blood over racism, those same hated people are serving for our freedom.
According to PewResearch, African-Americans comprise 17% of active duty (4 percentage points higher than their total American population percentage) while Hispanics increased their active duty enrollment to 12%. Asians are currently rising as well as our decimated population of American Indians. If we are all Americans, we cannot dismiss their priceless service. We must stop the hatred that is tearing our communities apart while they give their own freedom and lives to protect ours. We can proudly state that 22.6% of all US veterans are minority. Respect and honor all military, they respect our lives. Together we stand, divided we fall.
A Call to Action
If we are truly thankful for our freedom than a moment of silence is pandering. Let’s take action for our active duty and veterans. America has a burgeoning homeless population. Unfortunately, on any given night 39,471
people sleeping on our free streets are veterans. It’s time we donate our time and efforts for these vets. Join the local food pantry, call your elected officials to discuss your disgust with this situation and/or get your local organization involved in fighting this “American disease”. Donations, education and involvement is available at https://www.leavenoveteranbehind.org/.
Millions of veterans are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Unfortunately, very few of us are doctors or nurses so immediate intervention cannot be volunteered. But the national veterans suicide hotline is always in need. These two diseases that befall nearly 4 million vets increase veteran suicide. It’s a life for a life, sign up here at Active
These actions may seem a daunting task as Americans lives are 100 times busier than ever. Take the pledge with yourself, your family and your community to spend at least 1-4 hours per month helping active duty and veterans. Our freedom depends on how we treat our veterans. If veterans know we don’t care, then we discourage our future active duty soldiers. Our freedom depends on how we remember vets, a moment of silence is not golden.
Please share how you help our active duty and veterans.