To honor our veterans this Veteran’s Day, Fox and Hounds will not publish but instead urge everyone to consider doing something in support of our veterans.
On past Veteran’s Days I have written about this country’s political conflicts and the messy democracy that our veterans defend.
For this Veteran’s Day, I note some statistics featured on the Wounded Warrior website.
For every US soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every US soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.
In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.
I have donated to the Wounded Warrior project to help some of these veterans. I hope you can find some way to support a veteran or simply thank them for their service.