Peter Alter
Peter Alter
Chicago History Museum

How should we help veterans of the United States military?

Men and women who fight in wars in the United States military are known as veterans. Unfortunately, today many veterans, from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, have difficulties after leaving the military.

Some homeless people, whom you might have seen on the streets of cities like Chicago, are veterans. Other veterans have trouble getting the health care they need for their war wounds. Some suffer psychological trauma from events that they experienced in battle.

Throughout U.S. history, veterans have faced difficulties. For example, doctors, in the late 1800s, had to develop new artificial arms and legs for Civil War veterans who lost limbs in combat. Doctors and others work on similar issues for former soldiers wounded more recently.

Although veterans needing our help is a big dilemma, what are some of the things we can do as Americans to help them? Is this an issue about which you would be willing to speak out? I look forward to reading what you think.

Discussion closed on May 16, 2012


Jose C, 11th

April 23, 2012 - 11:17am

we should help veterans by giving them free health care if there missing a leg or arm and donations and all that to help them out

Eshia R, 12th

April 23, 2012 - 11:17am

We should help them by not having violents around them.Also we can give them respect when they come an visit us.Also we can have fundraiser for them.

darrian b, 7th

April 23, 2012 - 11:15am

by fight for the homeless and others in battle

Cartridges, c. 1864
Cartridges, c. 1864

darius b, 12th

April 23, 2012 - 11:15am

I believe we should thank them every day of the year not just on certain days. .. And also donate to them letting them know we do oppriciate them and the work they does for our country.

elizabeth c, 12th

April 23, 2012 - 11:15am

We can help the veterans today by giving them the respect they deserve for protacting us.
Awarding them

Irving W, 12th

April 23, 2012 - 11:15am

By showing support and our appriciation for what their doing for us.One simple thing we can do is just thank them everytime we see them.

lashauna j, 11th

April 23, 2012 - 11:14am

how we can help veterans of the united states is by trying to give the ones that dont have anywhere to go somewhere to live. we need more doctors and surgeons in the veterans hospitals. we can also give them a stable community to live in. a lot of the veterans dont really know how to live because they are used to being in the army. the government can give them more assistance since they have served the country.

Armani G, 12th

April 23, 2012 - 11:14am

We should help veterans of the United Stated military by helping them with their struggles , setting up home bases for the veterans when they return. Doing the time they serve they should be assigned a retirement care plan to help them in their future life. This would keep them healthy and tooken care of while they enjoy their rest of their life after the army !

malik h, 11th

April 23, 2012 - 11:12am

we should just give them corroborated themself .
I say let them have what ever they need give them a home if they have none an give them a job.

Shaneka S, 12th

April 23, 2012 - 11:12am

We should help veterans of the United States by providing them with health care, and shelters made specifically for them.D