Veterans Give Up Their Lives to Serve the Country, Yet They Only Get One Day of Appreciation

The service that veterans do for the country is celebrated every year on Nov. 11, but some believe that is should be celebrated over a longer period of time.

Colorado Springs annual Veterans Day Parade.

Colorado Springs annual Veteran’s Day Parade.

Liliana Valadez, Student Life Editor

In the year 1938, congress passed a law that would mark Nov. 11 as Veterans Day, a federal holiday meant to honor military veterans. For some time now, debates have arisen on whether or not the single day given to celebrate veterans should be longer. Many people, especially those who belong to military families, believe that these people put their lives on the line for the security of the country, and are highly unappreciated. With everything that veterans have done, not only are they deserving of more appreciation, but with how numerous the harmful effects of participating in the military are, they are also deserving of more attention to their situations. 

A large side effect of war for many veterans is PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), in which people will get anxiety and flashbacks from traumatic events in the past. According to“”, it was recorded that around 11-20 out of 100 veterans have been diagnosed with some form of PTSD. This is an astonishingly high number, and to think that not much attention is paid to veterans, is disheartening. Many of the people going into the military, whether being deployed or not, know the situations they will encounter and the psychological effects that could occur, and still give up their lives for the cause. Most of the people willing to take upon this job, do it because they love their country, and having one day to show people that is simply not enough. Not only is this a harsh reality for many, but even more tragic is the number of veterans that are homeless. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates around 40,000 veterans are homeless. Plans have been put in place to try and help these veterans out of their situations, but it is simply not enough. 

Instead of one day for being devoted to veterans, the entire month of November should celebrate them. Within the month, discussions and plans to help veterans out of their situations can occur, making the conversation more meaningful. All in all, veterans are deserving of more than just one day of appreciation for their service.