We aren’t a “cause” that is going to pass. We don’t dress up in silly costumes, we don’t damage people’s property or livelihood. We don’t litter our Nation’s streets with trash. We are the defenders of our Country, and that is how we will conduct ourselves. As Veterans, we will show America that we matter, and we will do so in a manner that brings credit upon ourselves and our services.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
This is the oath which we all took to defend the United States of America. This oath never implied an expiration date. As such, millions of Veterans stand willing to defend our Country once again, should the need arise.
Our Country’s Veterans are in a sad state of affairs. Many Disabled Veterans are homeless and/or not receiving pensions. PTSD is literally killing over 8,000 of our Brothers and Sisters EVERY YEAR. Veterans are being delayed or denied VA care. Military service is a massive burden, and that burden grows exponentially when combat is required of us, however, that is a burden which we bear with pride, dignity, and honor.
We ask very little in return for this. We ask that our war wounds be treated. We ask that we be treated with dignity and respect. We ask that we be given the same unbiased treatment in the workplace that we defend for others, and we ask that everyone abide by the Constitution which we pledged our lives to defend.