National Veteran’ Parade on Hold until All Troops Return Home
While officials at the Pentagon fully support the development of a parade for the Afghanistan and Iraq War veterans returning to the states they aren’t ready to start planning until all the troops are home, according to an article released on Stars and Stripes.
Statements from the administration mention that a White House dinner gala will be held at the end of the month to honor troops from every service branch, state, and rank. While the celebration plans to be lavish, leaders from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) say it’s not enough to just invite a select few veterans to a closed event.
The IAVA has been petitioning for a large-scale recognition of the military service members who sacrificed their time, safety, and often their lives during the 9-year war. Their efforts call for a nationally recognized parade down the Canyon of Heroes in New York City to bring together the public and veterans in a widely viewed event. Pentagon officials encourage small scale celebrations, but remain firm that a large-scale, national event isn’t appropriate until deployments to the war zones were ended.
Veterans of all kinds, disabled or not, deserve recognition and the benefits they’re entitled to after serving our country. Aside from honoring veterans through parades and ceremonies, the government also provides veterans benefits for compensation after service. If you suffered a combat-related injury or developed a disabling condition due to your service, you may qualify for veterans’ disability benefits.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.