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08

176. The Victims of 9/11:Our Veterans

This past week marked the 7th anniversary of 9/11/2001. Like most Americans I have memories of 9/11 as I watched the events of the World Trade Centers unfold in New York.  It seemed surreal to be watching such a sinister attack against so many Americans who simply were going about what they thought was an ordinary day in their lives. Little did we know how that terrorist attack would forever change our nation. 

 There has been quite a bit of real footage from witnesses to the events in New York with the anniversary of 9/11 this past week. I was watching some footage of bystanders who witnessed the World Trade Center attack and the prevailing emotion of that day was shock. Mixed in with the shock of that devastating terrorist act was the sentiment of outrage at a plot that was so calculated and evil in scope that most Americans were behind any means to  get justice for this cruel act against America…and to prevent this from ever happening again. The subsequent years that  followed this starting point of the Middle East conflict have left many people forgetful about the intitial outrage and support that most had to engaging in  Iraq. It has also left many people forgetful about the other vitcims of 9/11~our veterans.

Our service men and woman signed up to fight the war on terrorism and in doing so have engaged in  combat that most of us will never be able to comprehend.  I  had a chance to learn more about the conditions found in Iraq from a colleague who has served 3 deployments on the front lines in Iraq. To say the conditions are austere would be an understatement: there is no running water, the heat is unbearable, no place is really safe with the constant threat of artillery fire, and there are no weekends or holiday from the stress of combat. This is the life our military chooses to engage in ….it’s no different in it’s hardships than any other of the wars our military has served  over the history of our nation.  Due to the technological advances of weaponry the physical wounds that our service members incur are significant,ultimately costing some their lives. For those who do make it back home without a major physical disability, the psychological disabilities can be even more life altering. We continue to have victims of 9/11 who are paying a high price for serving our country in 2008.

While we remembered the victims of 9/11 that lost their lives on that day in history 7 years ago ,we do so little to remember those who are victims of this war yet remain on our streets. Whether you agree with this war or not is inconsequential as the path has been determined and now we are paying the price . The fiscal cost of war is significant . The cost of the psychological wounds to our veterans is even higher leaving our veterans with wounds that may be lifelong. As  the number of homeless veterans in America continues to climb we forget that many of these people who we often viewed  as “undesirable” are the same men & woman who were good enough to serve in our country and ensure that we were kept out of harms way without further terrorist attacks these past 7 years. These are the same people who find that their service counts for so little once they return home. The rate of suicide in our veteran population is about 18 suicides a day. None of our veterans should ever have to choose suicide over a life of stability and support in our country. This simply isn’t the America that they loved enough to fight for. These homeless veterans  are our neighbors, sisters,brothers,husbands,wives and friends and yet,we forget that they too are victims of 9/11.

While it’s important for us to never forget the events of 9/11 it’s also our duty and moral obligation to remember that the toll of this attack continues to rise everyday with our veterans. Let us never forget…but let us also not turn our back to those veterans who have so bravely earned our support.

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1 Response to “176. The Victims of 9/11:Our Veterans”


  1. October 6, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I just would like to say thank you for posting about our veterans, they are forgotten single day. They did their part while we sat at home they were fighting for this nation that is free, I think that people take the word “freedom” the cost of that word WAY TO MUCH FOR GRANTED.

    These people need to be remembered they should be honored every single day for their truly selfless acts

    Our veterans should be treated with respect
    They should be taken care of

    THEY DID THEIR PART
    NOW IT’S TIME THAT WE DO OURS !!!!!!!

    So thank you

    SO PLEASE ANYONE WHO HAPPENS TO READ THIS NEXT TIME WHEN YOU HERE THE STATISTICS ABOUT VETS IN THE PAPER, WHEN YOU SEE A MAN OR WOMEN IN UNIFORM AT YOUR LOCAL STORE, WHEN YOU HEAR OR SEE OF OUR VETS DON’T JUST IGNORE

    DO SOMETHING !!!!!!!

    ITS TIME THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGE AND TAKE CARE OF THESE BRAVE, SELFLESS, MEN AND WOMEN
    AND SHOW OUR RESPECT AS A COUNTRY AND AS AN INDIVIDUAL !!!!!!
    WE ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH
    ANY VET THAT HAPPENS TO READING THIS KNOW THAT I WANT TO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART AND YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
    Remember It was the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
    It was the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
    It was the Veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
    It was the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us the right to demonstrate.

    It is the Veteran, who salutes the flag.
    Who served under the flag.
    Whose coffin is draped by the flag.
    Who allows the protester to burn the flag.


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