November 20, 2010 by USA Post
Excelsior College, This Veterans Day, we are at war. Currently there are 100,000 U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan and another 50,000 trying to maintain order in Iraq. These wars have produced 1.7 million veterans. On this Veterans Day, we should all take the time to show our appreciation to our veterans at home, or members of the services that we know who are stationed abroad. We can also thank a veteran who served at another time, another war. These people are not hard to find: There are nearly 24 million of us in the U.S. today.
We also express our support for all families and friends of these men and women. When these soldiers, sailors and others go abroad, do countless American families: parents, siblings, spouses, children, lovers, friends and allies in what is a difficult course of uncertainty. When these soldiers returned, they are vulnerable, tired and often struggling with readjustment. Some are more effective than others. Some return to the war zone for multiple visits. Times are tough for millions of American families military.
Stress, anxiety and pain have had a tremendous impact on soldiers and families. Since September 11, 2001, over 2.1 million troops have been deployed to serve in Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearly 6,000 died in service. More than 37,000 have been wounded. In many cases, families had to assume new roles as caretakers of the wounded ones. In addition, about 30 percent of veterans have symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, and suicide rates are extremely high.
Today, more than one in three students of Excelsior College is a member of the armed forces or a veteran. This population was a core “client” Excelsior College since its foundation, and military connections Excelsior deepened and strengthened over the years with good results for us and for our students. As an institution of higher education, we must continue to adapt to the changing needs of military and veterans, and train our staff accordingly. More recently, Excelsior conducted a “Suicide Prevention” Webinar we considered crucial for our staff to distance education and faculty. But there is more to do.
Company has not yet evolved beyond war as a means of resolving global conflicts, but fortunately, our understanding and appreciation for the work of our veterans has changed. Forty years ago, my generation of veterans returned from Vietnam only to be vilified, criticized and marginalized by an angry, war-weary America. We learned. This Veterans Day, we will show our neighbor’s veteran we are proud of them and their service.
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