On November 11th, the United States celebrates Veterans day; the same day WW1 hostilities formally ended. In the past century America has been involved in both World Wars, Vietnam War, Korean War, Iraqi War, and Afghanistan. However, about 8.6% of veterans are homeless, due to, “extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care... lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse… [and] military occupations and training are not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing some veterans at a disadvantage when competing for employment” (NCHV. Paragraph 8). Today Veterans need more government support, so that when they return from combat they have a way of income, home, and medical insurance after they risked their lives for the preservation of Constitutional rights.
In the Iraqi War, 991 soldiers required amputation.
Veterans and blacks during Reconstruction differ because of the issues they have faced; Veterans are beset with difficulty coming back from combat, where blacks during Reconstruction face discrimination. Caroline Gamon of the New York Times wrote that after thousands of Iraqi discharges soldiers were left, “Without access to health care and other benefits that are granted to service members who leave the armed forces with honorable discharges” (A Lifetime for Troubled Veterans, Paragraph 1). This contrasts with the situation African Americans were in after the civil war. After hundreds of thousands of African Americans fought to gain representation rights, they were then faced with the tough reality that Southerners would still view blacks as lesser and they would segregate through the Black Codes. “Racism was still a potent force in both South and North, and Republicans became more conservative and less egalitarian as the decade continued. In 1874–after an economic depression plunged much of the South into poverty–the Democratic Party won control of the House of Representatives for the first time since the Civil War” (History.com, Reconstruction Comes to an End). Indubitably, the discrimination blacks faced vastly differs from the PTSD and government inequality Veterans have experienced.
"My experience in Iraq made me realize, and during the recovery, that I could have died. And I just had to do more with my life." -- Tammy Duckworth
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