Thursday, January 31, 2008

Hug a soldier? Not enough! Help the vets!

Hi Everyone!
Everywhere I go I hear people say, "I don't support the war, but I do support the troops." Well, now is the time to stand by that! Our veterans need us--let's not let them down like we did during and long after Vietnam. It is possible to affect change--but only if we actually begin taking action!

I signed IAVA's Petition to Secretary Nicholson, head of the VA, calling for increased mental health funding at our nation's Vet Centers. The VA hospitals are the primary source of readjustment and mental health services for our young men and women returning from war, and it's absolutely crucial that Vet Centers get the funding they need.

This is only part of the battle though, as the VA hospital system is separate from the Army. We also need to start pressuring our Government representatives to change the way the Army and all branches of the military evaluates and treats mental health in all our Soldiers, etc. Remember this, these veterans are returning to civilian life regardless if they receive proper treatment or not. So even if you don't care about the vets themselves, care about your self enough to do something about it.

Interested in viewing the petition and learning more? Then go to this link:

Thank you!!