Speak Out: Veterans still need help
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Nov 12, 2013 | 1273 views |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Veterans Day, we remembered the brave men and women who fought to defend the freedoms, privileges and heritage that make America the greatest country on earth. The soldiers and their families are willing to make the greatest sacrifice to ensure that we remain free. Words cannot express our gratitude.

Yet, despite their sacrifices for our country, many veterans are not getting the care they need when they return home. An estimated 1 in 4 homeless Americans are veterans. An additional 1.4 million veterans are at immediate risk of becoming homeless. On average, it takes a veteran 15 days to receive mental health treatment through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

Meanwhile, the Alabama Legislature has abandoned our veterans, closing 17 veterans’ service offices across the state. Veterans Day should not be the only day we say thank you to the men and women who protect our country. Veterans Day should set the standard for how we treat our soldiers all year long.

Darrell Turner
Heflin
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