We are not doing a good job of helping veterans to adapt to civilian life. The civilian population of the US is largely insulated from the real nature of overseas service, especially combat.
Less than half of the country’s 21.2 million veterans were employed in 2014 — 573,000 were looking for work, while 10.5 million were neither employed nor seeking employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
If the country is going to ask our service men and women to accept the hazards of combat, we should stand ready to assist the injured upon their return and to adequately assist veterans with re-entry into civilian life.
I appreciate any feedback veterans might provide on the blog site. I want to hear directly about your needs.
I also believe that we need to think more carefully about the use of military force. Many problems abroad do not have a solution from the use of force. A vote for me is a vote for greater caution in the use of military force.
Force should always be a last resort and we should always keep a long memory of just how much our military ventures have cost us.