Since the first battles in 1776 and on through to current wars in the Middle East, young Americans have served in combat. I can still remember, as a kid, seeing homeless veterans of World War I wandering city streets in the 1930s.
Later, after more than 10 million served in World War 2, many became afflicted with mental and physical problems and ended up on the streets. Unfortunately, they included some of my Navy and Marine shipmates who could not recover from the horrors and trauma of combat.
And again following Korea, Vietnam and today, we see the latest of the homeless and hopeless on the streets. On this Memorial Day week, when you encounter veterans and those on active duty service, take a moment to thank them for protecting our nation and freedom.