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I entered my Returning Veterans Project hours for the last 6 months. 26 free hours of bodywork to 7 clients. It sounds like less than I expected when I add it up, but it averages out to 1 a week, or at least 10% of my practice, since 10 hours/week is an upper limit. This is the fourth year I've participated.

I've worked with a lot of veterans and spouses, each challenging my preconceptions in their own ways. If I had to generalize, I'd say they're all pragmatic, dealing with what's in front of them with resigned patience and determined skill.

I am anti-war but pro-veteran, and I'm glad to be able to help these men & women & their families heal from the harm war has done.

Date: 2013-12-22 03:50 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (fuck desert war)
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I'm glad there's a way you can help!

Lately I've been ruminating on the elevation of "did their job" to "heroes," in particular relation to veterans. I think it's important to recognize that anyone doing their job well is contributing to the better well-being of all of us. But the adulation which rides piggyback with the label "hero," when that is routinely applied to all members of the military,* dilutes the useful idea of someone who makes an extraordinary effort, putting the good of others above their own.

Have your vet interactions offered a chance to consider the impact of the "hero army" frame? Does this justify paying troops not very much? providing a healthcare system which is discovered to be grossly deficient, very decade?

* (except for the ones who speak out for human rights)


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