We recently heard President Obama announce that he would send troops to Syria to serve in a so-called “advisory” role. And just days prior to that, we heard about the first U.S. combat death in Iraq in four years, even though U.S. troops there were also supposed to be in an “advisory” role.
In 2014, 27 cents of each of your tax dollars went towards the military, nuclear weapons, war, and related costs. Only 6 of those 27 cents went towards compensating our troops. Meanwhile, less than 6 cents went towards care and benefits for our veterans.
What does it say that we spend so much more on Pentagon bureaucracy and fancy war toys than we do on our troops and our veterans, who return to us at increased risk for suicide, homelessness, mental health issues and more?
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