Tomorrow is the observance of Veteran’s Day. Prior to 1954, Veteran’s Day was known as Armistice Day.
In 1919, Armistice Day was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson to commemorate the ending of World War I at 11 AM on November 11th, 1918 as a way to "eulogize" all of the fallen Allied solders, and has now become the day on which we honor all of the men and women who have served in our nations armed forces during times of war.
Although, as I said, tomorrow is the federal observance of Veteran’s Day, today is actually the REAL Veteran’s Day.
I like the idea that we honor those who have served out nation being honored. I imagine that there are plenty who feel the same out there. If it can be judged by the plethora of magnetic "Support Our Troops" ribbons and bumper stickers, I’d say that most American’s feel that our troops are worthy of being recognized and honored. That’s the way it should be.
The one thing that bothers me about all of those ribbons and bumper stickers is that the only ones who are really being supported are the companies that manufacture and distribute them – and most of those companies are in China.
Of course, there is one segment of American Veterans who go largely ignored: Homeless Veterans.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of homeless American Veteran’s living on the streets of our nation’s cities. The exact number of veteran’s who are homeless is difficult to pinpoint for a variety of reasons. Yet the fact remains that there are men and women who have served in every branch of our nation’s armed forces who will face having to sleep out of doors tonight, tomorrow night and for many nights to come.
Some of them will talk about those things they experienced during the time of their service, others remain ominously silent. Some look the part of the Hollywood version of a homeless person. Others look as though they are on their way to a construction site. A significant number of them do not look homeless at all.
Most of the time you won’t ever know if one of the homeless persons you see walking down the street, trudging under the weight of their backpack, or pushing a shopping cart is a veteran or not – nor will you ever know unless they tell you or you specifically ask.
These men and women aren’t looking for special treatment because they are veterans. Most of them aren’t looking for a hand out. What most of them want is a genuine opportunity to get ahead in life.
All they want is to "come back to the world."
Rather than my going on for several hundred more words let me leave you with a link to a news article from the Kansas City Star. The link was forwarded to me by a gentleman who thought it worth sharing…
… I, in turn share it with the rest of you: