Today is Remembrance Day,Â Veteran’s DayÂ or Armistice Day depending on where you live. November 11 is acknowledged every year as we remember the soldiers who have fallen, paying the ultimate price defendingÂ their countries andÂ allies in numerous wars. A few days ago I saw the enclosedÂ videoÂ and it moved meÂ so much I thoughtÂ I would share it with you:
We buy poppies and for one day we remember those who have fallen in battle to defend us. However itâs just as important to remember also that there are thousands of soldiers who may not have paid the ultimate price of dying for their countriesÂ but are suffering every dayÂ dueÂ to serious physicalÂ injuries, and most important, mental damage due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Many governments refuse to acknowledge PTSDÂ as a legitimate disease. WeÂ must put pressure on our governments, through veterans’ organizations and other means, to compensate the soldiersÂ and their families who areÂ paying a huge priceÂ as a result of defending their countries. Itâs time for our governments (Canadian, American, Australian, British and allies) to honour bothÂ their war dead as well as those who may as well be dead for all the assistance that is extended to them and their families.
Letâs remember all of those men and women who sacrificed not only their lives but their personal health to defend their countries, comradesÂ and fellow citizens. These soldiers suffer chronic unemployment, poverty, depression and the pain of physical and mental injuries. When we remember the dead on the 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month let us also remember those heroes who survived death only to be treatedÂ like the living dead.
Thank you to all our soldiers for their service. Semper Fi.