November 11 is celebrated as Veterans’ Day in honor of the men and women who laid their lives in war to uphold freedom for their nation. Veteran’s Day was initially called Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. The war ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year. It was in 1954 that President Eisenhower called it Veterans’ Day. This is a solemn occasion to remember those brave people who valued their country’s welfare more than their own.
What is Veterans Day? Veterans Day is held every year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. This ceremony is held to thank and honor everyone who has served in the United States Armed Forces. Also, to remember those who have lost their lives while serving in the Untied States Armed Forces. In November 1919, president Wilson announced November 11 as the first memorial of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" Later that same year on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced it Veterans Day, instead of Armistice Day.
But, it was still difficult for me. I felt at a loss because much of my time had been devoted to their needs. My husband attempted to assist me by finding activities and travel to take my mind off of it. But the feeling of loss still lingered. My husband was neutral about them leaving home and though I knew this was the natural progression of life I felt myself presenting him because he didn’t understand and share my feelings.
VA CLAIMS BACKLOG The Department of Veteran Affairs mission is to fulfill President’s Lincoln’s promise ”To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan, by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans”. This mission is to be accomplished by upholding the department’s core values of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence, which create the acronym “I CARE”. Unfortunately, many would argue that the Veterans Health Administration has fallen short of this mission, as over 400,000 veterans disability claims are unprocessed and many veterans have yet to receive care. There were almost one million service men and women injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. There are also thousands of other veterans suffering from illnesses and injuries resulting from military service.
Also, former soldiers could use their involvement in the war into beneficial use. When they applied for a job, war veterans had the upper-hand of acquiring that certain job simply because they were in the war. The title of ‘War Veteran’ served to be useful to returning soldiers. To go along, war veterans did not have any difficulties finding a job. World War II returning soldiers came home to find celebrations and overall positive vibes about their home coming from the war.
The resident may even attempt manipulative behavior to convince family that placement isn’t safe or to instill so much guilt that the family will take them home. One common issue for both the resident and their family is the change in roles that take place. A switch in power occurs. Roles are reversed and now the child is acting in the parental role, the one who makes the decisions and has the authority. For the resident, they are faced with the loss of the roles they played in the workplace and in the community.
The cold truth, being that the loved ones back home are left broken hearted, as they are told that Father, Brother or Son have been killed at War, serving for their Country. They gave their lives for the people back home... but what for? I do see the honour in fighting for something you believe in, and being ready to make a difference. It is just I simply do not see the honour in a violent battle that leaves many dead, injured and mentally tortured. The soldiers become puppets, and it is someone back home in their warm and comfortable house, pulling the strings.
Lynden B. Johnson once said, “We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.” A. People are so close minded today, they are afraid of having anything to do with one another. B. I look at my cousins as my brothers. They have supported me all my life. May have choked me by the neck a few times, but I know they would do anything for me.
I think that friends are often overlooked as being influencial in our lives. Our friends are our peers and are able to affect our lives in a way that our parents, pastor, or teachers cannot. If it was not for my friends I honestly do not know where i would be, what i would be doing there, and certainly do not know if I would be the person i am today without my friends molding me. My friends have taught me to fight thru the hard times when I thought all was lost and there was no use in trying. My friends have picked me up when I was at the lowest of lows and brought me to the highest of highs.
The value of life is in the eye of the beholder; however, many believe that everyone should have a positive outlook on life whether they have a good life or a horrible one. This is unfair to those who do not want the life they have. Everyone has their right to their own opinion which is a great deal of controversy on this subject. Many people have screwed up lives and no longer want to value their lives. These people have the right to accept this and other people believe that they can change their perspective of life.