Everyone Supports Our Troops...
But, what does this mean besides giving
It is easy to believe from media statements and footage that returning wounded veterans are "all set." There are
the displays of the latest medical advances as well as vets participating in a sport despite their disability, which
in deed may be the case for some vets. Still, their participation is not the same as "normal." Moreover,
it certainly is not the reality for all disabled veterans.
While some may argue issues about soldiering in an all volunteer defense force, there is no issue that loss needs to be
fairly compensated. After all, civilain worker has workers' compensation... and this work is always
a volunteer job.
However, some war wounds literally defy compensation.
After the Bugles is a non-profit media production company whose mission is to make Americans aware of the true cost of
"sacrifice for country," that country being the very one which you are enjoying as you visit this site.
When an individual takes the military oath, s/he gives up Constitutional Rights... therefore, inalenable rights provided
by the Constitution. Warriors don't pick their fights, they are delivered to them under orders. You, personally,
may disagree with the orders and the leader who give them... but they cannot! Into harms way they must go.
When one volunteers for a tour of duty, one hopes that after that tour, life goes back to normal. Unfortunately,
for many it does not. In fact, their tour remains a lifetime with a disability.
Spin it anyway one wants, that's a unbalanced sacrifice.
Now, most people think -- or at least would like to think -- that all vets get benefits to cover their past
and ongoing sacrifice. This is NOT the case. We recognize that this is uncomfortable to know; but, it is the truth.
Now, let's get very uncomfortable. Ask yourself...
What do think would be fair compensation for you and your family if you entered
the service for a four year tour of duty and as a result of that tour you ended up blind and without an arm and
What do you think would be the impact on your family and family life?
There are other questions... but these two will do.
If you one is religious, one might pray that one's Almighty grants these people and families a special strength.
These are worthy prayers, but they are not always answered.
So, if you really support the troops, you must at least hear about what disabled vets need for support
long past the ruffles and flourishes announcing their return home.
Listen to the call of After the Bugles.