Vallarta Living | Veteran Affairs | January 2008
|US Veterans and Citizens Facing an Economic Storm|
David Lord - PVNN
I am on a road trip from Puerto Vallarta to Seattle this week, and I find the beautiful scenery I have driven through in Mexico and the United States breathtaking, even freezing my breath in the snowy mountain passes of Oregon.
It is just my third day, I am starting here in Medford Oregon and I will be up north with the grand kids tonight, I hope. It is amazing how the roads have improved and the states slip by while I listen to the satellite radio. I'm listening to the New Hampshire race and the news media's hype for this or that candidate.
The Democrats and the Republicans candidates are finding that the American People are deeply involved in the future course of America. They want the truth and the focus to be toward our best interest at home.
I am proud of Americans; they are showing participation that is critical in recalling the America we all grew up in - if you're a Boomer. I remember well the 1970's and the politics of the masses, based mostly on protest of war and the beating we veterans all took as a result of the Viet Nam War, the Hippies, our non-serving peers who were sitting in judgment of us then. They watched the Veterans dropping behind and shrugged away the fact, as they were too busy getting ahead.
Some of us were living in survivor mode, dreading more consequences that we faced for serving in Viet Nam. We were being left out of the America we had fought for, our pride diminished when we could not find a job, since no one would hire a Viet Nam Veteran.
We were set apart, for that matter, we are still set apart, but we learned how to survive. The difference now is that there are citizens, men and women who have a begun to suffer the same attack from the Corporate Multinationals inside America. Indifferent, they out source the once America jobs from Americans, reminding me of how I felt being left out and passed by.
This sad reality now destroying Boomers economic health is being confirmed with each news report of the stock market's dismal fall, comparing this market to the 1932 crash.
The fact that I have been seeing is that this reduction of income and increase in stress over the last few years has resulted in a mutual awareness that something is wrong in both the heart and the health of America.
The Americans I speak with on my monthly trips to the V.A. in Houston, while on missions of Veterans health and claims processing, repeats month after month the vision of distress. This awareness is universal amongst all veterans, military families, and civilians that I speak to by design or chance. The dismal atmosphere in America reflects the desperate mood from eating the poison fast foods on the run to high tension and stress from falling incomes that give them no stability in their lives.
The economic crunch is just starting to be felt by the everyday citizen; they face homelessness just as thousands of the U.S. Veteran's have been doing for years. The scary fact is that once you lose your grip on the good life, having a home, job and a family, it is almost impossible to regain it, once lost. Especially hard if you are age fifty or sixty, and then by seventy, you're on a downhill slope, like it or not.
So my service becomes even more important to the families as they can no longer assist the veteran because of economic pressures when they have been reduced to the survival mode themselves. My help is free, no charge, my service to veterans is really service to the families and the public, as these hard times in America increase, and families of veterans face the consequence of it.
I am not making any charge against political parties; I am stating the fact that this President ignored the greatest natural disaster in American history, "Hurricane Katrina" with thousands of homes rotting in place after two and a half years, which really represents the destruction of the American Family.
Spending three billion a week on Arabs half the world away, Arabs awash in oil, while we pay a hundred dollars a barrel at home. The War that we cannot afford, makes paying for even the basic necessities, such as heat, food and clothing near impossible, putting our personnel debts beyond payment and making slaves of Americans of the middle class.
The only alternative to being overwhelmed is to make sure you survive the oncoming depression by searching for every benefit your are entitled to by researching and filing your Veteran's claim with me. Both defendants and the survivors of veteran's have many possible avenues, such as free consultation on the claim, and discovering how you can even live in Mexico as an alternative to the hard times coming in the United States.
David Lord served in Vietnam as combat Marine for 1st Battalion 26th Marines, during which time he was severely wounded. He received the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation for his actions during the war in Vietnam. In Mexico, David now represents all veterans south of the U.S. border all the way to Panama, before the V.A. and the Board of Veterans Appeals. David Lord provides service to veterans at no fee. Veterans are welcome to drop in and discuss claims/benefits to which they are entitled by law at his office located at Bayside Properties, 160 Francisca Rodriguez, call him at home 222-5990, on his cell: 044 (322) 205-1323, or email him at david.lord(at)yahoo.com.
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