Dust of Serving Those Who Serve

  • Over nine million veterans use the VA for quality health care.
  • We suffer disproportionately from physical, medical and mental ailments that are a direct result of the heat, light and steel that was brought to bear against our minds, spirits and bodies.
  • Currently, there are 18.8 million Veterans in the U.S.

The Mantra for 2019 is “Serving Those Who Serve.” I am making it a personal mission and challenging my readership to adopt this mantra as well.

When I say “Serving Those Who Serve,” I mean all who serve in any and every capacity to make us safer, healthier and happier. In short, the backbone of “Keeping America Great!” Over the holidays, I received a T-Shirt from a dear friend that had the American Flag on it and the words “No One Fights Alone.”

Making up the stripes on “Old Glory” were the words MILITARY, POLICE, FIRE, EMT NURSES, CORRECTIONS.

I truly believe that we don’t and can’t fight alone. Each and every stripe is so very necessary to the wellness and protection of America.

So this year, I will be honoring all who serve. Obviously, I firmly believe that the military service, particularly combat military service, is “First Among these Equals.”

So, I start this year with a fresh commitment to making life better for the brave men and women who like myself risked so much to protect our freedom and our country.

Over nine million veterans use the VA for quality health care. However, I believe that it takes a village, and it’s up to all of us to make sure veterans enjoy the life, health and happiness they/we deserve.

Veterans are a “One Of A Kind Population.” The VA was established in 1865 by President Lincoln “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” I have taken some literary license and adopted this quote and added to it.

I say that the VA was established “For those who have Borne the Burden of Battle, felt the Sting of Combat and shall forever recall the sounds ‘Shots Fired in Anger.’” We suffer disproportionately from physical, medical and mental ailments that are a direct result of the heat, light and steel that was brought to bear against our minds, spirits and bodies.

Idealistically, many veterans joined military service to help “Change the World.” The fact is that military service changed us… forever.

I know that it changed me.

Since knowledge is power. Allow me to arm you with some Veteran Facts:

  • Nearly three-fourths of living Veterans served during conflict.
  • Gulf War Veterans make up the largest group surpassing Vietnam Veterans in 2016.
  • Currently, there are 18.8 million Veterans in the U.S.
  • Minorities constitute 23.2% of the veteran population and nearly 9% or 1.6 million veterans are women.
  • About 9.2 million veterans are 65+ years of age, while 1.6 million are under the age of 35.
  • There are over 630,000 homeless people in America. 67,495 are veterans. So, 1 in 10 homeless people in America are veterans.
  • Finally, Florida has the third largest Veteran population in the nation, roughly 1.4 million.

Dana Matthews

Dr Dana Matthews is a Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Ranger (Retired). He holds a BA in Journalism, an MBA/JD Law Degree, and a Doctorate in Organizational Psychology.

He is a Member of the National Press Club in Washington DC and has appeared on TV and Radio.

He was awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart for Combat Wounded Veterans.

Dr Dana Matthews is a well published Journalist and writer with articles appearing in the Scripps Newspaper/ TCPALM.COM

He also co authored and published a novel entitled " El Segundo- One Man's Journey for Redemption". 


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