Thoughts on Armistice (Veterans) Day

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month… Armistice Day, the end of “the war to end all wars”…peace between nations…
it went on to become, not a day to commemorate the armistice, but to ‘honor veterans of all wars…”Veterans Day”

My thoughts on Veterans Day

My brothers and sisters and I did nothing to deserve your thanks and respect and admiration. Did nothing that had anything to do with your ‘freedom’ or with ‘democracy’. We were certainly willing to, that is why we all enlisted…but the truth is that we didn’t protect anything but the people next to us,… and the bottom line of a handful of billion dollar corporations. That’s a tough pill to swallow…we thought that’s what we were signing up for, we were ready to sacrifice our lives for it, but it was all bullshit. Beyond trauma, there is recognizing and accepting that your nation lied to your face and used you as cannon fodder, and in the ensuing decade the country you love more than words can describe, has LOST freedom and liberty earned with blood, sweat and tears throughout our history, in the guise of security. Google the name Smedley Butler. He was a Marine Corps Major General, twice awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He wrote a book in the 1930’s called “War is a Racket”. He spells it all out for you, and if things have changed, it’s only been for the worse. He was the only (retired) officer to stand with the WW1 veterans in DC as they camped out for the summer of 1932 in tents along the Anacostia River, seeking bonuses they were promised for their service in the ‘war to end all wars’. Their tents were burned to the ground by active duty soldiers, led by Generals MacArthur and Patton, who also had their men fire on the decorated veterans, who were in desperate need of the money they were owed because of the great depression. Veterans, and members of their families were killed, many others wounded. The bonus was denied.

Today, the fact that a bunch of corporate sponsors teamed up for a ‘concert for valor’ in DC, and we can get a free burger at Applebees, doesn’t negate the fact that Uncle Sam lied to us, used us, and has discarded us. A low-ball VA estimate says that 22 veterans KILL THEMSELVES EVERY SINGLE DAY. It should disgust all of you, but certainly not surprise any of you. The answer to traumatized veterans who realize they have been lied to, realize America is LESS FREE today than a 13 years ago, realize that their sacrifice and patriotism was hijacked by soulless politicians representing soulless CEO’s, the answer the VA has is pills. Lots of em. They all have suicidal side effects. Not smart to give an already suicidal person. I’m not saying that is by design, but they do little to make me think otherwise. There is likely a government numbers cruncher somewhere wondering how to get that number up from 22,…to save $$. Because that’s all it’s about. That’s all war is about. So long as there is profit in war, there will be war. So long as there are 22 veterans committing suicide each day, (not to mention the uncounted Gold Star and other military family members) they can hold off on the concerts, hold off on the free dinner, hold off on the pomp and circumstance, the parades and accolades that they feel obligated to put on annually, and the fucking mattress sales. So long as there are TWENTY-TWO of our nations best and bravest, and most selfless men and women coming home and seeing no other way out of pain and suffering than suicide, so long as we make up at least 1/3 of the homeless population, so long as we are cast aside as soon as we take the uniform off and stop waving a flag, men and women like the soulless politicians and corporate CEO’s sponsoring ‘thank a veteran’ day at ballgames, the organizers of the concert, the head of Applebees, and everyone else paying lip service and crying alligator tears, can all stop pretending that they give a fuck about veterans. That said, while I am not proud of how we were used, I am proud that my brothers and sisters and I were willing to put our loved ones and neighbors first and, however naively, risk our lives in the “name of freedom and democracy”. Service to others is important, it’s just sickening that we were all taken advantage of. And no, 18 year olds don’t understand international relations, understand politics, understand corruption, understand greed…we understood helping our fellow man. We were lied to. We were betrayed, and because of that betrayal we did nothing to protect freedom and democracy. Don’t thank a veteran, read a fucking book and learn our goddamn history so we stop repeating it again and again and again… that is the best thanks you could possibly offer. Pay attention to what is actually going on in the country and world, and look at how less free we really are since “that September day”…

And as for the numbers, don’t believe me…google it. Twenty-Two a day. That is absolutely insane. Try to reconcile that with what politicians say about how much they love and respect veterans.

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I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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