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  As We Give Thanks Today
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, November 24, 2005
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“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” 


 


W.J. Cameron


 


 


 


As We Give Thanks Today


 


Please Remember Our Veterans


 


And Thank Them Too


 


By Visiting A VA Hospital


 


This Holiday Season


 


And By Contacting Your Legislators


 


On Their Behalf


 


 


Through the Decades


 


They Have Given Us


 


So Much to be Thankful For


 


And Now Is Truly The Time


 


To Return The Favor


 


 


 


Just this past year, Veteran Administration hospitals began receiving a new type of patient: veterans barely past their 20th birthdays, blinded by gunshot wounds and bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq.


 


These are also the kinds of patients the Department of Veterans Affairs now projects will flood an already overtaxed and underfunded veteran health care system that treated more than 5 million veterans last year.


 


Yet, 18 more VA hospitals are scheduled to be closed or downsized as part of a plan to restructure the government’s health care system.


 


For the past several years, veterans groups have been fighting back, emphasizing the importance of the VA’s specialized blind rehabilitation, psychiatric, and post-traumatic stress disorder units; the large and aging veteran population and, now; the wave of new veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who need its services.


 


Nationwide this fiscal year, 250,000 new patients -- 40 percent of them veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, and 60 percent of them veterans from other eras -- have entered the VA health care system.


 


The VA had 171 hospitals nationwide in 1993; by 2003, there were 163 hospitals. Between 1971 and 2003, VA medical-surgical beds were cut by 75.6% (41,595 beds eliminated). As states closed their psychiatric hospitals and literally dumped millions of mentally ill into the streets, the VA slashed 38,602 psychiatric beds, a cut of 88% from 1971-2003.


 


It is estimated that there are between 200-400,000 homeless veterans today, 45% of whom suffer from mental illness; and 33% who suffer from both psychiatric illness and substance abuse


 


Please help ensure that our veterans get the medical treatment and help they truly deserve by contacting your legislators and demanding that VA services are increased, not continuously cut.


 

 


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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 11/26/2005
thought provoking read
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 11/24/2005
Thanks for this reminder Ed, there is so much need, and so much that we all can do. After all, WE ALL have much to be thankful for. Take care sir.

Allen
Reviewed by jude forese 11/24/2005
a very sad state of affairs ... to fight for your country and then to be abandoned by it ... they should be given top priority ...
Reviewed by Tracey Hardie 11/24/2005
Ed... a message well said. I am thankful to all those who serve faitful to preserve freedom. :) Happy Thanksgiven.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/24/2005
Have a wonderful day Eddie and keep those doggies outa trouble okay!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loed ones my friend!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/24/2005
You bring us the harsh realities to ponder on this day in which we give special thanks in remembrance of our nations beginnings. Thank you for sharing what we all must be thankful for and remember to give a helping hand to in whatever way we can.

Love and blessings to you and yours,enjoy the day!

tiger lily
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 11/24/2005
Thank you for this wonderful poem of rememberance of our Veterans. Over 250,000 Veterans sleep on the streets in America every night. It brings such sadness to my heart and soul to know this fact.

"A forgotten hero, lost in a world that is not his own
A world where he is shunned, for poverty is a sin
A place where freedom allows others to take so much
Because the hero gave until he was no longer whole
Another life cast aside, another heart left with little hope
Just a cigarette and a steaming cup of coffee"

Thank you for reminding us that without our Veterans we may not have much, if anything, to be thankful for today. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Ed.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 11/24/2005
Your day should be filled with doggy doo and happy barks, though you should as well treat the wife nicely, it is her holiday too...Ed
Reviewed by George Carroll 11/24/2005
Unless there is a public out cry against all these cuts that effect our Veterans the Government will continue to cut vital services for our vets. Write to your Senators and Rep as well as to The Charman of the Veterans Affairs Committee who are supposed to look into these abuses and do something about it but so far have just been a rubber stamp and do nothing to help the veterans. He is Rep Steve Buyer R. Indiana. Thanks again Ed on behalf of all Vets and have a blessed thanksgiving.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 11/24/2005
Have a great Thanksgiving Ed...
Reviewed by Suzy Karnow (Reader) 11/24/2005
So Much to be Thankful For...

So very TRUE...

Thanks for writing and sharing!

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My Dog Is My Hero

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Gold River Canyon

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