I just finished watching the video and I must say, it was extremely sad and it also made me extremely angry because the U.S. government and the U.S. military are both vile, disgusting and should be on trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity which should include ALL U.S. citizens and citizens of this planet. They have taken healthy individuals and turned them into broken, chronic drug addicted, mentally ill drunks and then left them to fend for themselves.
They have turned people into killing machines and one man in the video said exactly what I have been stating for years, “there is no ‘out’ training. How are we supposed to flip that switch, it doesn’t happen.”
That is exactly what I have said. It is not as if they worked at the post office and came home at the end of their shift and was the same person who went to the post office in the morning and came home in the early evening. Those people were put through boot camp which basically dehumanizes every living being on this planet. Everyone is to be looked at as the enemy and so go kill, kill, kill. How then are they supposed to come back from that and resume any semblance of normality which should include exhibiting behavior that is humane, compassionate, empathetic and loving? And this is why many military marriages end in divorce because the only thing the media and the government want us to see are pictures of military spouses returning from deployment, kissing and hugging their family members at the airport. What they don’t show us is that the display of emotion we are ‘shown’ is a mirage. Those people want to remain aloof. They are psychologically damaged, permanently, and that is why many continue to sign up because that is ALL they know; kill, kill and kill. And if the military refuses to accept them, they turn to self-medicating and when that no longer works, the next step is either murder/suicide or suicide.
What I cannot understand about the women who sign up for the military is why don’t they expect that sexual assault is going to come with the territory? Those men have been trained to look at everyone as something to be violated and that is what they do. There is not enough money on this entire planet to induce me to join the military because I am not stupid. I know what would be in store for me.
And what was also extremely telling was what Jason Henry, a VRC (Veterans Resource Center) Regional Director said. He said, “I don’t care about the average person out there, but I really care about the vets.” If he has a wife and children, if I were them, I’d run for the hills.
For women who want to join the military, remember this, you are more than likely going to be a victim of what those in the U.S. military have termed, (MST)”Military Sexual Trauma.”
And lastly, the guy at the end was asked, if he could snap his fingers and make one thing happen, what would it be. He answered, “Let’s not have another goddamn war!”
Shelter: America’s Homeless Veterans
Al Jazeeera (Barbara Koppel) 2017
This heartbreaking documentary is about the 1.4 million US veterans who are either homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, due to poverty, mental illness, alcoholism and/or drug addiction. An American vet commits suicide every 61 seconds.
With the demise of nearly all Veterans Administration programs (eg GI Bill of Rights) that helped World War II vets reintegrate into society, veterans of America’s permanent War on Terror are mostly left to their own devices.
Owing to an extreme shortage of female shelter beds, homeless female veterans are the most underserved. Many homeless female vets were raped while serving, some multiple times. Those who report their sexual assault to superior officers are frequently kicked out of the military.