From a veteran’s perspective

I have heard a lot of claims since this last protest. I think I may be able to help shed some light on this issue. For starters, allow me to address the issue of the claim âÄúbad health care, lack of employment and poor schooling.âÄù You are right; my health care is terrible. I canâÄôt believe I only get free health care for years to come at any VA in the country. ItâÄôs truly sad that my government is giving this to me. Not to mention my whopping $47 a month plan I have on the side for civilian health care. We may think that unemployment of vets is a high rate. You may be seeing this unemployment issue since we are allowed six months of unemployment while we transition from the military to a civilian job or school. This will inflate the unemployment numbers. What about after the six month window has closed? Well, you get what you give. If you are not interested in working, youâÄôll have a difficult time finding a job. This goes for everyone, not just veterans. Poor schooling? Really? With a 20 percent disability rating, we can go to school for absolutely free and receive more than $500 a month plus our disability payments. Then there is the new GI Bill that will allow us to go to school for free, collect a very generous monthly stipend for living expenses as well have more than enough money given to us for books. So, when you claim poor schooling, you are really claiming the educational institution as being poor, because the resources are there for us to use at our disposal. Where is this claim that most service members never see a dime for college tuition? I would suggest you actually talk to some military members about our experiences before, during and after our service for a more accurate depiction of our situation. I will not condone the College RepublicanâÄôs chants and taunts. Some were outlandish and unjust, as were the Students for a Democratic Society/Anti-War Committee chants. It all comes from a lack of understanding and a completely stubborn frame of mind. This can be said about both sides of the fence. Finally, you canâÄôt say that Zero Recruitment Day was to ask people not to join the military. There was absolutely no asking. I was blocked several times by protesters in my attempt to enter the station. It is difficult to make that choice for yourself when you travel so far from home to visit the recruiter only to find others blocking your entrance with either a human wall and cat calling you as try to get through. Or worse yet, finding someone with his or her neck locked to the door in a desperate scream for attention. Bryan Axelrod University Student Student Veterans Association President