I realize this is not the typical veteran poem, but thought I’d share anyway.
A recent bipartisan bickering in Congress has ticked me off you might say, as witnessed below. We’ve spent over a trillion dollars to-date in the Middle East conflicts post 9-11, all deficit spending, most un-budgeted obviously, and unlike most previous times in our history, we neither raised revenues before nor during or after the conflicts to pay for them. However, now that we’re in this huge fiscal crisis, not entirely because of this conflict spending, but in light of it as well of course, we now can’t find $1B to fund veteran job placement programs after spending all the money to make them veterans to begin with … nice way to support the veterans you help create, Congress!
They don’t do it for honor or money or even for fame,
playing soldier and going to war is more than a game.
Being a United States soldier is an honor available to nearly all,
but it is less than one percent sadly who will answer to that call.
Our nation’s freedoms and liberties rest on the lives of so few,
who forge ahead securing them for everyone; yes, even for you!
We’ll put stickers on our cars and ribbons around our old oak trees,
but truly supporting our troops requires more from you and me!
Our troops are coming home with skills and leadership we need;
their honor and dedication is proven, for our country, many did bleed.
We spent trillions to send them to war with no costs to spare;
now Congress won’t spend a billion employing them at home to show we care!
These soldiers risk their lives around the world; nameless heroes,
who now get treated by Congress as if they’re classless zeroes.
While others may state it with more prestige, etiquette and class,
the simple fact is, we need to tell Congress to get off their ass!
Tell Congress to Support the Troops
Supporting the troops needn’t take the form of veteran poetry. Simply find out who your elected representatives are and tell them enough lip service, enough partisan politics and get to the business of truly supporting the troops!
However, if you would like to write a veteran poem, feel free to register and submit one of your own; I’m sure Jerry would love to hear from you too!