posted on Apr, 28 2018 @ 07:12 PM
It seems over the last 2-3 years there has been a huge increase of the commercials asking for money to support veterans either asking for money,
donating unwanted goods, old cars, volunteer, give blood, kidney, laundry lint, you name it, they'll take it it seems. It seems that veterans are an
odd class in a way because there are many who look at the military as the cause of a lot of the animosity towards the US by the global community as it
often carries out the illegal orders of the president and even congress based on faulty "intelligence" or even totally fabricated intelligence. On
top of this, for decades, the military was the refuge for the dregs of society where people with no other options coming out of high school chose to
go into the military or people facing prison time were given the option of joining the military instead of facing charges/prison time. The military
is an odd amalgamation of people and personalities from some of the best and brightest to some of the lowest, but I guess you need a mix like this,
the leaders, planners & those who carry out the orders.
Now for the most part, the people who were in the criminal system weren't career criminals (so we are told) but people who had some relatively minor
charges against them or they had some more "minor" run-ins with the law. Either way, these charges would have severely limited their options for
employment and even government benefits had they not joined the military. So they were basically given a second chance and a most gracious one by
some measures, and I wonder how many veterans who are now claiming homelessness and medical issues are these same people who were pulled out of the
criminal system from the start.
On top of all of this, while these people were in the military, they had a guaranteed pay check, food and lodging taken care of and they should have
learned some kind of a trade or something marketable in society for when they leave. I have lived very close to Camp Pendelton and Paris Island and I
can tell you that none of those boys were hurting for money and they were always the ones spending big bucks at the bars, but it seems that as soon as
they get out, they are claiming hard times and people need to give them their money they worked for.
I'm wondering if these charities are legitimate and actually help veterans or if they are using this issue as a cash cow to leverage people's
compassion for those who served and have come out "broken". Do these companies actually give the majority of the money they collect or generate to
veterans or does the majority go to paying the staff running the organization.
I think there needs to be a major "overhaul" of how charitable organizations are run with more stringent regulations regarding the amount that can
be paid to operate the organization vs the amount they collect, such as they have to return a minimum of say 70-90% of revenue to the
people/"subject" they claim to be helping. I've heard of some charities where less than 10% actually goes to helping those they claim to be
helping. But I digress.
I have no doubt that many veterans come out broken but in this day of age, and even the last 3-4 decades, everyone knows these possibilities going
into service. You know you are risking your life and limb by serving and may not come out whole. That is the trade off for serving and getting the
"benefits" of job security and relatively good pay for the amount of "work" many of these people do.
I have family members who served 4-8 years and I don't ever remember them taking about ever working the entire time they served. It sounded like a
long party of waiting around, driving around, dropping stuff off, talking to people, eating, driving some more, eating more, shooting guns on base,
cleaning weapons, eating, drinking, driving drunk in foreign countries, eating more, etc. I was interested in finding out what they did and I never
heard one description of what I would call "work" of what they did, and I don't call domestic/on base duties work.
On top of this many veterans earn money while their peers are in college, going into debt, while learning a profession or trade and most often
actually working. They have to pay their own housing, food, internet, phone, cable, electric, water, sewer, trash, etc. I think out of those the
only thing my family member had to pay for was his cell phone but he also had one provided to him, so he actually probably could have gotten away
without one. That is a pretty nice gig on top of getting a paycheck AND getting the GI bill to pay for college after serving and also they have life
long medical treatment at the VA.
Now the VA is a whole other issue. I have not had to deal with them but I think a lot of this comes from a "spoiled" mentality, because I have had
many of the same issues these vets go bezerk over and I'm dealing with a good private medical practitioner/insurance program. When they were in the
military I think many of them got used to getting things they "needed" when they wanted it and now they they are out, they are no longer a priority
and they are not used to being put to the front of the line, so patience/waiting isn't something they are used to. This translates to them talking
trash about the quality of the VA and the military, which is extremely bad for morale, recruitment and public perception.
I would venture a guess that a fair percent (5-15%??) of those in the military are there working the system and they plan to do the same once they get
out, and those who make the most noise, get the most coverage. How many of these people are scamming the VA and the state disability system once they
leave the service, and on top of that, they work the charities to get more free stuff or even worse, they start or work for a charity and keep most of
the revenue generated from donations.
Take a look at the state of the world, look closely at the events of the last 30-40+ years, and tell me that this isn't the most likely
representation of the current situation. Much like the issue with police and the "there are a few bad apples" thing, well we know there are more
than a few, especially when one bad apple spoils the batch - when an officer covers for a bad officer, then they are just as guilty and the disease
spreads and before long it is systemic. I fear the same thing may be happening in the military as both the military and LE are getting close and
closer both in how they operate, train, recruit, etc.
It is very sad and scary they way these organizations are heading and I'm not sure how these issues can be fixed.