Let’s remember the fallen, yes. This is a good day to focus on those who fell and got back up too.
45% of US veterans returning from active duty in the latest US led armed conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are seeking veterans benefits for service related injuries.
The average claim is for 8-9 ailments with most claiming 11-14.
From this AP article, Memorial Day 2012:
Just over half of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans eligible for VA care have used it so far.
Of those who have sought VA care:
—More than 1,600 of them lost a limb; many others lost fingers or toes.
—At least 156 are blind, and thousands of others have impaired vision.
—More than 177,000 have hearing loss, and more than 350,000 report tinnitus — noise or ringing in the ears.
—Thousands are disfigured, as many as 200 of them so badly that they may need face transplants. One-quarter of battlefield injuries requiring evacuation included wounds to the face or jaw, one study found.
The war is over for the dead. We honor the memory of their sacrifice. The war is not over for these men and women just because the politicians say it is. It is something they will remember for the rest of their lives.