Walking into the front entrance of the VA hospital, you see an awful lot of former soldiers getting about in wheelchairs and with canes because they’re missing toes, feet, or entire legs.
That is not a new thing. The cliche depiction of a veteran is a man in a wheelchair, missing one of his legs up to the knee after having stepped on a landmine or something while defending the freedom of his country.
What’s new is that these days, it’s far, FAR more likely that these vets lost their limbs to uncontrolled diabetes.
Now, I trend toward (practical) pacifism…but I have to say, this just horrifies me. Surviving a war intact just to be dismembered by a preventable/controllable disease?!
Awful. Just awful.