Honoring Veterans On Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we remember the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families. This blog post shares the personal story of an RN who has seen the struggles of injured soldiers and the failures of the military medical system.

Honoring Veterans On Memorial Day
Memorial Day

Honoring Veterans on Memorial day.… I remember as a young girl how special Memorial day was to many. For us, it was a day of remembrance. There was a Memorial Day parade every year. It had many youth groups and Veterans groups. They marched from  the grade school in that area to the historic church in the community.

There was never a time in my life, when I felt more patriotic and proud to be an American.  My father and his brother were both in the Navy and my paternal grandfather was in the Army. All served during war time. My mother has a sister that became a WAVE and had one brother that was lost in World War II.  Several of my mother’s brothers served in World War II.

Both my sons served in the US Army.

Unknown Soldier

Of course, I grew up in the time of the Vietnam War. It was an ugly time for our country. I never understood how our soldiers could come home and not be greeted with warmth and respect. After all, they did what was asked of them, made the sacrifice for our country. I was ashamed and disappointed in the actions of our government towards our vets.

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. It originated after the Civil War to commemorate fallen soldiers, and it has taken on different meanings in the years since. On Memorial Day, we honor veterans by coming together and reflecting on their heroism, courage, and patriotism. This meaningful holiday allows us to recognize and show appreciation for all of those who have served or are currently serving in the military.

There is a deep history behind this special day of remembrance. The first official celebration of Memorial Day was held in 1868 when General John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30th to decorate graves with flowers and celebrate those who died during the Civil War. Over time, Memorial Day began to honor all veterans who have served in the armed forces and it was officially declared a national holiday in 1971.

As we take time to remember those who gave their lives for our country, let’s also show our appreciation to all of the men and women who serve or have previously served in the military. A simple thank you can go a long way! This Memorial Day, let's take some time out of our day to honor these brave veterans and remember their selfless service.

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God Bless America! 

As an RN, over the years, I met many injured soldiers. I promoted a school for head injury survivors. I learned early on just how difficult and unyielding .. the military medical delivery system was.  I saw first hand the lack of support, the lack of professionalism in the medical staff. What I mean by that is, a health care professional in the military is a soldier first, and a medical professional next.

It is this disconnect that makes for the approach to care for our vets and even the active military.

Many years later, I had my own personal dealings with the active military and VA system for my son, SGT Geoffrey R Brachvogel. The care that he received while on active duty at Madigan Army Medical Center was heartbreaking and bordered on neglectful.

My son, completed suicide On September 15, 2011. He was under the care of the VA at Waco. He was discharged severely sedated to drive himself home, to an empty house.  The suicide prevention brochure was left unopened in his mail.

The news of the broken VA system is not new. It has been going on for years and years. It is just coming to light.

I was told, when my son died... by a member in the military very high up in the ranks.. that this will not change, because change does not come easy to a bureaucratic system. I hope he is wrong.

Our soldiers, our veterans ,deserve so much more than they are being provided.

For the soldiers that are serving and have served so that we may be free, I thank you!

You are in my prayers every day. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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