Remembering that our vets need us to care about them everyday, when I saw Neil Bowers post the message and poem you're about to read on Facebook to commmeriate On November 11, 2013 my dear friend, Neil Bowers posted this on Facebook:
"On behalf of all of us who served or are serving in the military, let me say, “Thank You” for the outpouring of love and support today. Should you have an opportunity to help a vet in a practical way, please do it. Many returning vet’s are jobless or homeless. Around 16% of the homeless population in this country is veterans. And thanks to untreated or insufficiently treated PTSD among returning combat veterans, we are seeing suicide rated averaging 22 vets per day, one approximately every 65 minutes.
by Neil Stirling Bowers
Some “déjà vu” or sight or sound
Has caused my heart to race;
My mouth is dry; I’m drenched in sweat,
In a crowded public place.
Thinks these eyes have seen, Dear Lord,
Give birth to nameless fears;
Grim scenes replay, sleep flees away
From eyes now filled with tears.
My friend with scars for all to see
Might have the simpler part;
Most folk, though kind, just can’t relate
To wounds upon the heart.
The things these eyes have seen, Dear Lord,
Man’s eyes weren’t mean to see,
So as you sooth the nations pain,
Dear Lord, remember me.
(Dedicated to a friend with combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Neil Stirling Bowers, © 2013"