Message to Veterans from the Mouth of a Child

On Friday February 6, 2009 while driving home from picking up my 11 year old stepson from his school, he asked a question. His question was why don’t they (US Government) give veterans a home and some money when they get back. He said they deserve it and that they are the reason we have what we have at home now. He was also referring to veterans becoming homeless after they got out of the service. I was impressed with his compassion for the military. I talk to him all the time about the homeless and how fortunate he is. Homeless people, no matter their background, are PEOPLE too. That goes for the military homeless, too. They should NOT be homeless. They served for us, so let’s serve them and their needs. We really need to take good care of them.

Waving Flag

I can imagine it is very hard adjusting back to life after being in a battle zone and/or being separated from your families for long periods of time. You have to get yourself back together mentally and reconnect with your family. All these things can be very hard without serious support from the VA (Veterans Administration), the community and most importantly of all, their families.

I just want to let you know that my hat is off to you because I could not continue to live free without your undying commitment to the United States of America and the armed forces you serve in. God Bless ALL of you; the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.


Joseph R. Mays
Former US Marine 1982-1990
Loadmaster/Airborne Radio Operator/Observer KC-130 VMGR-252 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
Loadmaster/Flight Attendant C-9 SOES MCAS Cherry Point, NC

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