Veterans

J. D. Pendry

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"  †††††††† And I said, "Here am I.Send me!"Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

Forgive me troops.I know this is supposed to be a somber time of remembrance, but I have some things I need to get off my chest.Iím tired of being a political badminton birdie for politicians.When times are difficult for the Men and Women of Arms, the political parties spend their time blaming one another for not doing enough to meet the needs of Veterans and those now serving.When the difficult times pass, our Veterans, Soldiers and their needs cease being political hot buttons.My favorite quote sums that up quite well:

Our God and Soldiers we alike adore,

Evín at the brink of danger, not before,

After deliverance, both alike requited,

Our Godís forgotten,

And our Soldiers slighted. Ė Frances Quarles 1632

 

The other thing that grates on me is how Veterans are treated in the media.Too often, it is as victims or as homeless derelicts.Whenever someone with Veteran status is involved in a crime, the first thing highlighted by the media is their Veteran status.Thatís how we are viewed by a hopelessly liberal media, which means thatís how we are portrayed to the majority of the American population.Itís an American population that has little contact with its serving Armed Forces or Veterans so it only knows what is reported to it.Can you recall the last time you heard a positive media story about Veterans or serving Soldiers?Sad, isnít it.

As I write this, the estimated United States population is 303,328,167.Around 2 million of that population serves in all branches of the Armed Forces.Sort of adds a new perspective to the ďnever have so fewĒ axiom, doesnít it?Of that population, 23,425,051 have veteran status.The population that is 18 years of age or older is 224,648,294.Ten percent of the military aged population has veteran status; one out of hundred if that puts it in better perspective for you.Here are some interesting numbers to consider.64.4 percent of the Veteran population is over 55 years of age.27.2 percent are in the 35 to 54 year old range.Only 8.4 percent of our Veterans are in the 18 to 34 year old range.60.7 percent of these Veterans are from the Vietnam Era, Korean War and World War II.†† It is easy to see the downward trend isnít it?

The news this week reported to us that fully 25 percent of our Nationís homeless population is Veterans.Iím not sure how they determined that.Do you reckon they asked the guy pushing his grocery cart under the bridge to produce a DD Form 214?Study the linked Census report and youíll see that Veterans have better high school graduation rates, higher per capita income, lower unemployment rates, and fewer who reside below the poverty level than their non Veteran counterparts.That information paints a positive picture of Veterans so a biased, liberal media will never report it.Only in the new media can we counterbalance such an unfair portrait painted of Men and Women of such high character.

Please take time this weekend to educate someone about Veterans and their contributions to our Nation.Dedicate a reading of Psalm 91 for the Men and Women who are serving for us around the world so that we can live freely.Offer a moment of meditation for those who rest In Flanders Fields or at Fiddlersí Green.

Most of all, if you are a Veteran or are now serving, Stand Tall on your day.Thank you for what youíve done and are doing for my family and me.

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