For it wasn't only a label meant for the Veterans of WWII. It describes the last time most of this Country truly understood that when they send the very few who Serve Them into War Theaters it isn't only them, and their Families, that should Sacrifice! During and as to the long term results from. And when they returned, many suffering from the memories from not yet understood nor defined so no direct care was available and like many other issues ignored, then and up to the present, or just out right denied existed, they joined those they served in building, together, a mostly prosperous economic and much more society that was the envy of much of the rest of the planet. Using their skills and bonds of working together to accomplish the feat of and where they and the rest were mostly respected in that economic and much more engine. Now long gone with the new definition of capitalism and where the rewards of the labors should go!
Older men now, they sat in a room at Fort Meade dedicated to the service of Veterans of the Bulge and their sacrifice in the Ardennes. As they reminisced, I marveled at the vivid pictures they painted with their recollection of the smallest details. There was the bitter cold, death, and the camaraderie that comes from going through the hell of war together.
As the field director of the project, I couldn’t have been happier with the interaction that unfolded in front of me. The Living History project began with the simple idea that stories would have more depth if Veterans talked to each other, like they do in VFW and Legion halls across the country every night. The experiment was working. I chuckled under my breath as they sparred with one another about liquor rations and tattoos, and my eyes welled up as they recalled loses they never forgot.
As they finished, they made it clear they would always be proud of their accomplishments in the face of adversity but they didn’t think one generation of Veterans should be revered more than another. In the end, they were just doing what was asked of them.
“These guys, even as I speak today, some of them are still, you know, in harm’s way,” Douglas said. “They do the job just as we did … if someone comes up to me and says are you a member of the greatest generation, I’d rather him say you’re a World War II Veteran. It means more to me.” read more>>>
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, nor the continued blowback from the spread and growth from the policies implemented!
Neither the long term results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, Veterans issues from!
As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded for decades and the wars from now, VA budget is still borrowed, with interest, thus added problem creating costs, with representative who control the purse strings blaming the mostly dedicated VA personal within, that shouldn't exist!