While it is time consuming to wait on larger federal organizations to address the problems facing veterans, there are things we can do at the local level. Utilizing the power of active citizenship in combination with federal and state organizations, we have the capability to create positive change in how we provide long-term medical and disability care to veterans. Creating internships within the veteran community to train unemployed veterans for future employment is one of the many things we can do at the local level. Macro level change comes slowly…sometimes very slowly. On a very myopic level, I have launched The Frontlines website to provide members of the armed forces, veterans, family and friends a multi-faceted platform to creatively share their stories from the frontlines. My goal through stories such as yours, is to both preserve and educate the public, thereby increasing awareness on veteran related issues, and hopefully inspiring others to selfless service on behalf of our country. As philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
If you have time to share your story, or help spread the word about The Frontlines it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.