Shine A Light On More Veterans, Issues
by: Troops to Trades
November 21, 2015
Letter To Editor
On Veterans Day, Enquirer coverage was fairly limited to event listings, a WWII reunion story, and a piece buried on 19A about services provided through CityLink to help area vets navigate the maze of “thousands of organizations in the Cincinnati area serving veterans.” There was also a compelling op-ed by Jason Hoffman entreating us all to go beyond shallow gestures of thanks to our veterans.
I am asking The Enquirer to bring forth more in-depth coverage of our regional veterans. Make it a priority to showcase the problems of homelessness, unemployment, depression, PTSD and addictions affecting veterans, especially those most recently returned from combat duty. Shine a spotlight on veterans in our community, rather than ongoing coverage of topics like the infantile harassment dispute between Indian Hill neighbors.
Profile more service members such as Hoffman – what has gone smoothly upon return from active duty and what are the greatest challenges. Identify businesses prioritizing veteran employment, cite opportunities to more actively recruit veteran talent. Untangle the web of organizations providing services, or at least bring insight to the need for so much complexity. Bring forward information that helps us be better equipped to serve our veterans as they have served our nation.
I don’t want another Veterans Day to come and go with nothing more than a shallow thanks. Empower your readers with the untold stories, cover the organizations that provide the most help, and identify opportunities to connect more personally. Please, throw down a challenge to go beyond just a day of saying thanks to invest time or resources to lift up veterans in need of mental, physical or financial support.