Today is Remembrance Day, Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day depending on where you live. November 11 is acknowledged every year as we remember the soldiers who have fallen, paying the ultimate price defending their countries and allies in numerous wars. A few days ago I saw the enclosed video and it moved me so much I thought I would share it with you:
We buy poppies and for one day we remember those who have fallen in battle to defend us. However it’s just as important to remember also that there are thousands of soldiers who may not have paid the ultimate price of dying for their countries but are suffering every day due to serious physical injuries, and most important, mental damage due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Many governments refuse to acknowledge PTSD as a legitimate disease. We must put pressure on our governments, through veterans’ organizations and other means, to compensate the soldiers and their families who are paying a huge price as a result of defending their countries. It’s time for our governments (Canadian, American, Australian, British and allies) to honour both their war dead as well as those who may as well be dead for all the assistance that is extended to them and their families.
Let’s remember all of those men and women who sacrificed not only their lives but their personal health to defend their countries, comrades and fellow citizens. These soldiers suffer chronic unemployment, poverty, depression and the pain of physical and mental injuries. When we remember the dead on the 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month let us also remember those heroes who survived death only to be treated like the living dead.
Thank you to all our soldiers for their service. Semper Fi.