Journalism students at the Michigan State University attempted to properly honor Memorial Day by dispelling the myths surrounding veterans. Indeed, simply wishing our veterans a happy Memorial Day doesn’t even begin to express the gratitude that the US has for their service.
So the student’s way of expressing their gratitude is “100 Questions and Answers About Veterans,” a researched book which offers reminders and answers about those who offered up their lives in order to save ours.
“Given the similarities between vets and other groups of people who are frequently stereotyped, this would be a place we could do some work,” instructor Joe Grimm said.
In total, Grimm’s classes have published over eight books and the present title is available as both digital and print version.
There’s a general sense of miscommunications between civilians and veterans. More often than not, vets have conflicted feelings when receiving thanks for their service.
Although many civilians mean well, their words may ring hollow if said in unfitting moments. The veterans interviewed by Grimm’s classes explain that even kind words spoken by civilians don’t arrive well if the timing is off.
That’s precisely why such myths have to be addressed. Such a guide is not only helpful but also a necessity, Joe Brigman, who served 11 years in the Army, says.
One aprticular myth is homelessness. Most Americans make the instant connection between veterans and being homeless, but the two aren’t mutually inclusive.
There are, of course, many homeless veterans. However, as the guide points out, veterans are also more likely than civilians to assume leadership positions at work or start businesses of their own.
Unemployment rates, though high among veterans, aren’t as high as the public perceives it. For veterans who began serving on Sept. 11, 2001, unemployment is 7.2 percent. However, because of the effect of movies, popular culture and the media, the figure is perceived to be much higher.
A veteran is generally perceived by the public as being homeless, an addict, a PTSD- sufferer or unemployed. These myths have to be dispelled once and for all.
Countless veterans are doing other things and the book’s content highlights those aspects.
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