Lip Service

“May we think of freedom,
not as the right to do as we please,
but as the opportunity
to do what is right.”

Peter Marshall

 

Lip Service

 

Today is Memorial Day. Celebrated to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. First known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Did you know, that as of today, only 13,289 veterans have been tested for the Coronavirus and out of those tested, there are 1,129 known deaths? That’s almost a 9% mortality rate. A rate which is most likely higher due to the fact that currently, the VA has no exact number of how many veterans have died from the Coronavirus. Some 25 or more states are not even counting veteran deaths from the Coronavirus.

These veteran deaths are only deaths reported in VA hospitals not veterans who died at home, on our streets from homelessness or in civilian hospitals. To put this into perspective, just one State run veteran facility in Holyoke, Massachusetts, a 247-bed facility, 88 veterans have died. The majority of veterans dying are over the age of 65. Their living conditions are poor and many veterans have preexisting conditions such as respiratory diseases as well as conditions caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

With the lack of accuracy about the veteran deaths from Coronavirus, and the amount of deaths happening, my question is, where is the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilke and President Trump? Why are they not addressing this problem?

It breaks my heart to hear once again, we are letting down the people who are supposed to matter most. There’s just no excuse for us treating them the worst, when they have given us the most.

As our politicians and White House officials show their celebration for this national holiday and tell all our veterans, “thank you for your service “, in my opinion, they’re just offering nothing more than lip service.

Shine  On

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