What got me thinking though is the lack of services most of our vets are coming back to. I feel horrible about it. Bad or no medical care, jobs not held, time needed to reorient, grieving, missing the excitement or absoluteness of the battlefield - all of these things and more are potential time bombs and from what I see, we don't have enough services in place to prevent preventable problems.
My question for blogland, then is what do I do? I want to help, but short of standing at the dock yelling, "Hello, sailor! Can I buy you a beer?" What can I do? Does it make a difference if I write to my representatives who already support my position? Maybe. Does it make a difference if I blog about it? Almost certainly not. This is something that calls for action, and I have more time than money to give. But I'm not really a nurturing people person, either. I'll have to see what turns up.
- The iPod/iTunes combined feature of "Top Rated" with "Shuffle". It's like an amazing blast of audible wonderfulness with every change of tune. I love it every time. Shoo Fly Pie actually mixes fine with the Throwing Muses, Pet Shop Boys and Flaming Lips. I swear!
- Bought a white shirt today. It's my first since about 1994 because I'm messy, but this one is fun. I also think I found the shirt for my swing dancing outfit this weekend.
- My online book club. I'm currently planning on attending 3 get-togethers in 3 different cities with Suz Brockmann fans, starting this friday. I'm actually planning part of one, which is scary. It's also my source of people who recommend books like Carla Kelly's Beau Crusoe which has been just delightful to read. Somehow I wanted regency instead of vampires this week, and it is just hitting the spot.