The vets today are treated better on their home comings but everything else is worse. Bush's wars seem to me, to be generally much more dangerous and stressfull than LBJs' war was. The only guys that I knew, who did more than 26 months in country were crazy volunteers(snake eaters and combat engineers). Now there are Reservists with 4 tours in the sand box. When its time to head home, if you admit to having PTSD while you are over there, you don't get to come home. I can personally attest to the lack of competency and honesty of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the 70s.
My wife and I've got appointments at the VA this morning(we're both vets). We will see many people of all ages, who've paid high prices for our countrys' policies. Many of the young ones will lose their VA benefits with time. Bush gave Billions to Cheneys' company but they reduced benefits to the soldiers. This is a political tradition that goes back to the Revolutionary war and the Continental Congress not paying the troops for years.
I don't think things are as bad as they seem but there is economic trouble ahead. The Democrats are trying to take care of everyone which creates an opportunity for the lazy to do nothing but sponge off the system. The Republicans want to reduce the Government, taxes and oversite of finanacial institutes. Reagan reduced alot of Wall St restraints which gave us the collapse of 87. Bush gutted the FBI unit on Wall Street in 92. Bush Jr reduced oversite more and we got the collapse of 07. Most people got hurt by these collapses but there also were a few winners in the top 1%.
The democrats may bring us higher taxes in the future. The Republicans may reduce us all to working lower class with higher crime rates. I don't know what we can do about it except to vote our consciences and try to save for the rainy days to come. Good Luck to all.
Edited by boyscout862, November 08, 2012 - 07:09 AM.