General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wants to stimulate a national dialogue concerning veterans of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He believes most Americans have a positive image of those who served, but there is less evidence anyone wants to further efforts for jobs and education for those who served. He also believes there is need for a national dialogue concerning the size and function of the armed forces.
Reality is that few under the age of 35 are interested or care much about veterans. Few in this age bracket have any idea as to the location of Afghanistan or Iraq, let alone what the fighting is all about. They, like most Americans, give lip service to veterans but lack understanding of psychological outcomes from serving in these wars.
We need more than a dialogue, we need legislation, we need teachers to discuss world events, and we need more veterans elected to Congress!