As we honor veterans of all of our wars, with survivors from World War II on to the present on Memorial Day, it is worth some time to reflect on what war means.
So therefore, the following statistics gathered about the effects of war on America:
4,488 have died in the Iraq War, and 1, 973 in Afghanistan, for a grand total of 6,461 men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their nation. And about 35,000 veterans of both wars have been wounded, with about 20 percent of this total severely wounded!
24 Presidents have served in the military, out of 43 total, a little less than 60 percent.
29 presently serving US Senators and 21 percent of members of the US House of Representatives (about 92) have served in the military.
Only 3.3 percent of the American population, about 10 million people, have served in the military.
27-30 veterans are interred in Arlington National Cemetery every day.
124, 909 American veterans, both men and women, are interred in foreign soil.
Finally, 67,000 veterans are homeless and on the streets on any given night, and this is the greatest injustice imaginable!
Not one veteran should be homeless or jobless as a result of his service to his country, and much more needs to be done to help these people who gave of themselves to their country, returned, and have not been able to fulfill the American dream!