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by Randy Lawrence Watson

Edwin Starr could not have sung it any better with the song “War, what is it good for?”  Well for one thing, examining its history here in America the outcome of War has made this country the great country it claims to be.  War has pollinated itself from tribalism to the holy crusades into new developments of our present nation here in modern America.  Our history shows us that problems from the past have brought on problems in the present.

The American nation is a modern nation that has been around for more than five hundred years.  This nation has seen its share of conflicts from its beginning to nowadays.  The American wars were Indian, Mexican, Spanish, French, Britain (American Revolution), Civil, WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and presently Afghanistan  War.  There were many peacetime eras between these wars.

On a more political note, war has been around for many ages.  The military (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves, and Merchant Marines) has developed into a huge industry of business for its country.  The truth is it serves as an outlet for the welfare of America providing education, jobs, housing and medical benefits.  One would believe that it is a systematic game plan for those who cannot survive in the civilized society; who have no other choice but be forced to enlist and join the armed forces.

Years ago it was voluntary to serve in the military and the service supported those in need of food, clothing and shelter.  The military draft soon became mandatory depending on the conflict that raised concern  for conscientious objection meaning  jail or the military.  Many were privileged while others felt prejudice because of their race, better quoted by Abraham Lincoln, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.”

As a result of the war Veterans were not treated with equality so this decreased their patriotic act.   Abraham Lincoln was known for freeing of slaves.  However, it did not seem to apply to those of color who returned from the battle.  They did not receive equal care or benefits.   Immigrants have their story also with the spillover of refuges resulting in emigration  because of these conflicts and other factions with clashes relative to the country at war.  These sensitive issues have been one of the causes of undocumented immigrants tying up the immigration system and process.

The other problems are within the military itself, which is one of the most talked about topics of today.  Many of these problems have occurred because of age, class, gender, race and religious discrimination.    It has been difficult for some to readjust to civilian life which causes a conflict of itself.  The Veteran is welcomed home but then again faces challenges to begin to add on to a new life.  Veterans feel rejected especially those who have suffered PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) also those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and other disparities.

ESPN has depicted stories based on its modern medical technology developments for those who have been combat soldiers injured in War.  They have been given a second chance to continue the good fight.  There have been great engineering prospects such as therapeutic modeling, prosthetic limb technology, and medicine.  It is true that when one breaks a bone it mends much stronger.  When one gift is taken away such as a body part another gift is given, also just as if one gets sick from illness or disease the recovery is a strengthen immunity and a stronger body.  After all, War can be seen as a life battle with ups, downs, struggles, daily complaints, and the hope of winning over its cause not being defeated for the ultimate goal of peace.


One Response to “Next Post”

  1. veteransupwardbound Says:

    thank you for your post, randy!


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