(KPLR) – In Tuesday's Jacology, Charles Jaco commends The Show Me State for their special way to show respect for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war.
It's been ten years since the U.S. invaded Iraq. It's been 12 years since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. Six thousand-677 American service men and women have died in both wars.
Over 350-thousand have been injured, many of those brain injuries and blown off arms and legs from roadside bombs. Another 75-thousand suffer post traumatic stress syndrome. Over 12 percent are unemployed. Almost 27-thousand of them are homeless.
So it may not seem like much when the state of Missouri declares Tuesday "Veterans of Iraq and Enduring Freedom Day", a lousy name for a very good idea. The state of Missouri has set aside March 26th as the day to honor vets from Iraq and Afghanistan. Nothing formal is planned, which figures, since not a lot has been planned anywhere to help out these vets.
These were people who were high school kids on 9-eleven and enlisted to defend America. They were our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. And we all stood up and cheered when they went off to war. Then the wars dragged on. And on. And on. And we began to forget. When it came to supporting our troops, attaching a support our troops bumper sticker is about as far as most of us got.
So Tuesday, you can go up to an Iraq or Afghanistan vet and shake their hand and thank them for their service. Or you can call or write your congressman and senator and tell them tuition assistance for vets shouldn’t be withheld due to budget cuts. You can tell them the VA needs to serve vets better. You can tell them we should spend more to fight vet homelessness. That's as real thank-you.
I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.