Veteran’s Day and the military involvement


Grace Elliott

These red poppies at the Tower of London represent all of the English citizens whose lives were lost during World War I.

By Averi Cervantez, Writer

After 1,460 days of conflict, murder, fighting, and bombing between the world’s nations a cease fire was declared finally ending the war with Germany. This marked the end of the most infamous war in history and created a memorable day for our past heroes: Armistice day or Veterans day. President Wilson announced that American citizens should reflect and remember that “…Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory…”.

To be considered a veteran, you  have to have  served in one of the military’s five branches: the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard. Although these branches strive for the same common goal, they have many important differences. The Marine Corps was founded on the tenth of November 1775 and their it is written as the first commandment by Major Samuel Nicholas that the Marine’s purpose is to “fight for independence at sea or on shore. . .” and protect the nation. The U.S Army is divided up into numerous branches where solders pick a career and serve. The Army has existed since June 14th, 1775.  Since October 13, 1775, the US Navy has been involved in countless battles to bring security, peace, and prosperity to America. They have numerous careers ranging from nuclear power and aviation, to health care and arts and media. According to their website “the mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win . . . in air, space, and cyberspace.” And finally, the US Coast Guard was established by the federal government in 1790 on August 4. They mainly focus on defending America’s borders and perform rescue missions.

If a person were to serve in the military, they receive immense amounts of benefits from the government. For example, they receive a salary for working in the military and offer scholarships and financial aid. They also receive health benefits for themselves and their families like free healthcare on or off the military base. The military offers special insurance plans for the men and women who serve. Those who serve a certain amount of years will be able to retire in as little as 20 years for some branches. After one is done serving in the military, they can transfer back to being a civilian.

Serving in the military has its perks, but there are some negative effects that come with it. First of all, many veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD which is a mental disorder that makes the person suffering relive a distressing time through “nightmares, flashbacks, or reliving it,” according to Brainline Org. Many people suffer from PTS, but military men and women feel the devastating blow head on. They suffer through unimaginable experiences that takes a toll on their physical and mental health. So when our veterans come home, they may participate in wild and out of control behavior and take on deadly habits like drinking and smoking to cope with the stress. People who suffer from PTSD may also avoid loud, crowded places, lash out onto others, develop strained relationships, and feel apprehensive. There is help that the military provides that Veterans can seek out, but that does not keep them from suffering this horrid disorder.

For however long a veteran may have served, for whatever branch, whether they are in the reserve or serving now, we salute and respect every single person who has protected our country and risked their lives doing so. We pay respect to that brave individuals and their supportive family members. From George Ranch, thank you for your services.