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The Ground Truth

What is the Ground Truth? Well it's a documentary type movie produced and directed by Patricia Foulkrod. The claim is that the group behind this project is a non-partisan group. I think this is an important point because our solders need more then partisan groups using their plight for mainly political reasons. We need to push forwards in our compassion and support of our military and our veterans.

Patricia Foulkrod states that she produced and directed THE GROUND TRUTH so that we could talk openly about what really happens in war. She acknowledges that that people kill and get killed; the thousands and thousands who are injured in combat and must now struggle to cope with their pain and new stressful living conditions - long after the conflict is out of the news. Those are her words.

She felt it was important for us to witness the despair returning soldiers experience when their psychological needs are not recognized or provided for. This is why I decided, with the support of my church and friends, to sponsor a screening of the movie at 7:00 pm on October 11th, 2007. This is the fourth anniversary of Congress’ resolution to go to war in Iraq. Other groups will also be showing this movie on the same day throughout the country. We hope to get a few guest speakers, if you know of anyone... The free screening will be at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside - 3657 Lemon Street, Riverside, CA 92501

I've always felt that military service gave a person an upper hand in the U.S. job market yet in the first quarter of 2005, nationwide unemployment among males ages 20-24 was 11% and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that veterans in the same age group had a 20.4% unemployment rate. This makes no sense to me. When things make no sense I tend to want to know why.

Also did you know that despite a congressional order that the military assess the mental health of all deploying troops, fewer than 1 in 300 service members see a mental health professional before shipping out? From March 2003 to October 2005, only 6.5% of deploying service members who indicated a mental health problem were referred for evaluations.

I am also interested in ending homelessness, so when I found out that 1 in 3 homeless Americans are military veterans in popped a blood vessel. In my family there are a number of vets, all are doing well, but what if...? Right now less than 1% of 297 million Americans are engaged in active duty military or the reserves, the lowest percentage of the population serving under arms in a century. Some Marines who died in Iraq were on their third tour of duty. This trend will continue until we do something about the way we treat our solders and veterans.

What do you think?


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