Why I back IAVA

In life, we often don’t think about services until we need them. That’s how it is in the military too. When I was younger, I assumed once you joined the military that the government would take care of you. Our past generations of veterans worked tirelessly on the battlefield and off to ensure that their needs were met and that the needs of future generations of vets’ needs would continue to be met. They gave us pensions, the GI Bill, social security, war widow benefits, the list goes on. But as we all know, our government has chipped away at those benefits. Budgets have been slashed. Political tides have turned. Interests have changed. You’ll notice neither the republican nor the democratic debates ask anything about how they intend to deal with the pressing issues facing our country’s veterans. And over the years, we’ve seen what was once considered the fulfillment of a promise made to us turn into an unattainable dream. Everybody wants to help veterans and service members. And these days it seems like there are thousands of ways in which to do it. Everywhere we turn there is a new organization dedicated to serving those who serve. But how do we know which ones are truly living out their intended mission? I’ve been a veteran for 12 years. In that time, I’ve learned that most of those organizations are more interested in doing the “glamorous” work – giving away new cars, care packages. Stuff. But after the flags have flown, and after the crowds go home, that stuff goes away. But for many vets, our needs don’t...