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The United States and the Tragedy of War Veterans

Nov 28, -- The wars that the United launches around the world not only have translated into a high economic cost for the country and particularly for US tax payers, but also into a social tragedy as hundreds of thousands of veterans have not been able to reincorporate themselves into US society.

Many vets are today’s socially useless persons. They have no job, no home, no health care. In many cases they suffer from psychological disorders, their everyday life is marred by horrors they experienced in the battlefield.

Over 850 thousand US vets are currently unemployed. This translates into an unemployment rate greater that of the rest of the population: eight percent against 7,3 percent, according to federal statistics.

Veterans represent nine percent of the US population, but make up 15,2 percent of the homeless, with 11 percent greater probability of suffer from terminal diseases or of dying on the streets, than other homeless people in the United States.

US media outlets revealed that in 2012, the number of suicides among veterans was higher than the number of deaths in combat.

For many US citizens, the ex-military are remembered only on November 11, Veteran’s Day. The rest of the year they are invisible to a government that employed them in genocidal wars around the planet.

Many of those vets suffered the effects of their own chemical or biological weapons used against the people of the countries they invaded. The American Association of Veterans of the Vietnam War admitted that 600 thousand soldiers got sick due to the yellow agent, and that 238 thousand of them have died.

Meanwhile, 300 thousand ex-soldiers involved in the Persian Gulf War, which took place in the 1990s, have suffered permanent health damage.

One of the many testimonies on this reality is the book written some years ago by former US marine, Jimmy Massey about his experiences in Iraq, which is entitled Cowboys of Hell.

At present, 705 thousand vets with physical or mental disabilities are trapped in the long wait for compensation.

It could well be that the US vets are a part of the US population, which notonly the government but also their own society at large prefers to ignore. Do they represent the death and the horror that they have spread throughout the world? All in the name of US National Security?

Those men and women are the veritable ghosts of war.

Most of them regret, now, the enormous damage inflicted on other peoples who, as their own President Kennedy was forced to admit in 1962, ”Breath the same air as we do.”

Edited by Juan Leandro
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David Wade, Ph.D. say:

This is a very poignant article. When combined with the financial realities that are causing the US government to reluctantly reduce military spending, one wonders if we are witnessing the beginning of the end of another of history's warrior empires?

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