The other day former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura appeared on the Howard Stern radio show. He talked about a lot of different (conspiracy) theories he has.
His theories have varying degrees of plausibility and validity, but nevertheless, he at least backed up his ideas with logical thought and research. I appreciate him questioning what many people either accept, or don’t even think about at all.
A moment thing that stood out to me during his interview (and this is something I’ve thought of before as well), was when he was talking about how poorly we often treat our military veterans here in the United States.
Many of our soldiers returning from combat come home sick, injured, and/or with major psychological damage. It’s not uncommon for our country’s veterans to end up as addicts, or homeless.
Our government commits so much sin in terms of wasteful spending, and wasteful military spending specifically. It’s sad.
We present an image that our government cares. We hand out medals, introduce soldiers at major sporting events, and we even spend money on flyovers — which is a “a celebratory display or ceremonial flight / an honorific flight of one or more aircraft.”
Wow. What a complete waste of time, but even worse money. It’s just one more example of how we attempt to present a glorious image of military service, and continue to ignore the realities of the nature of real combat and what happens during war.
Eliminating flyovers surely won’t ensure that every veteran gets taken care of, but can’t we at least try to get the money to those who need and deserve it the most?
Maybe the government ought to spend less money on TV advertising for recruiting purposes, and put more of that money towards taking care of those who’ve seen action.