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Memorial Day: The Invisible Wounds of War

Memorial Day
It's up to us to make sure our heroes are both remember and helped.

The purpose of Memorial Day is to pay homage to the ones who gave absolutely everything for their country – this includes their life. Although I acknowledge the importance of a day of observance, I believe it would be progressive for us to use this day to inform ourselves about the big issues that veterans face rather than exclusively enjoy the extra day poolside, says Jay Krishnan.

We should always be thankful that the core ideals of our free nation are still preserved due to the brave sacrifice that veterans have made. Many have returned home carrying both the invisible and visible wounds of war. They might not always sound like the most patriotic of people – instead they let their actions do the talking.

The purpose of Memorial Day is to pay homage to the ones that gave absolutely everything for their country – this includes their life. Although I acknowledge the importance of a day of observance, I believe it would be progressive for us to use this day to inform ourselves about the big issues that veterans face rather than exclusively enjoy the extra day poolside.

How a presidential candidate plans to tackle these issues is very important in any election cycle – not just for the presidency. Unfortunately, such issues are often overlooked.

1. The Veteran Unemployment is nearly twice the national average
2. One out of every three Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans suffers from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or a combination of the two due to combat trauma
3. There is a backlog of 1.2 million claims at the Veterans Administration
4. A third of all homeless citizens in America are Veterans

Although all of us reap the benefits of the service of veterans, Our American Heroes are plagued with physical/mental challenges, poor access to healthcare and financial instability.

It’s up to us to make sure our heroes are both remember and helped. It’s easy to dismiss issues that don’t directly benefit us. “Maybe it’s their fault for opting to serve our country despite all the risk” … or maybe you are just making excuses.

 

 

 

 

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Jay Krishnan

Jay Krishnan

Jayanth (Jay) Krishnan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University. He has a strong background in bioinformatics research having worked in the Kellis Lab at MIT, the Ma’ayan Lab at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and most recently the Gerstein Lab at Yale. At Yale, Jay has served as the Head Delegate for the Yale Ivy Council, Journalism Chair for the Yale Scientific Magazine and as a Shift Leader at The Connecticut Hospice. For leisure, Jay runs a long distance race every month and enjoys spending time on the tennis court. He has a passion for innovation and hopes to contribute to social change that will better communities around the world.