Monday, November 12, 2012

Vets - Saving our butts since the Revolutionary War!!

As a medical social worker, I’ve had the privilege of working with so many fabulous vets! Here are just a few that come to mind. As a social work newbee, I had a WWI vet on my caseload! Wow!! He couldn’t say much but really liked to show off his souvenirs. Years later, I worked in a home where a Japanese WWII vet (who had moved to America after the war) lived in a place with an American WWII Vet. Amazing guys! Then, I just worked with an incredible woman who was active duty military and stationed in Japan right after the war. Her job was to discourage the GIs from going to the Geisha Houses. How exactly that was done, I’m not sure!

So, being a social worker, I’m always on the side of increasing provisions and support for the people who serve our country so before I delve into these inadequacies, I figure I need to start with a joke. This was told was to me by a retired Air Force guy I worked with. “You know what they call the five mile run in the Air Force? Hand to hand combat training because the way we fight in the Air Force is to run until we find a Marine.”
Here we go: (Information found from various sources that I cross checked and I think / hope is reliable.)
There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States.
9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65 and 1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
1.8 million veterans are women and 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975), which represents 33% of all living veterans. 5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present) 2.6 million veterans served during World War II (1941-1945) 2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953)
Annual median income of veterans, in 2011 was $35,821.
Young male veterans (those ages 18 to 24) who served during Gulf War era II had an unemployment rate of 29.1 percent in 2011.
45 percent, more than double the estimate, of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries. They are claiming eight to nine ailments on average. By comparison, Vietnam veterans are currently receiving compensation for fewer than four and those from World War II and Korea, just two.
Homeless veterans have typically been single Vietnam War vets with mental health or substance abuse problems. Now, a growing number of veterans with spouses and young children are becoming homeless.
“I don't want to die without any scars.” ― Palahniuk. The scars shouldn't continue to be inflicted after service!
Support our vets!!


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