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I met -- -- who enlist in the military eligible for tuition assistance not -- the benefits suspended because of -- they say.
So why are those who sacrifice the most of the country being hit the hardest and first joining us right now lieutenant mark Donald.
He's the author of this book go get it's called battle ready to memoir of a seal worry -- manic.
He's also the most decorated medical service corps officer.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- A large portion of our military it's an all -- forces -- after remember.
So large portion of those men and women to join specifically for those educational benefits and now they're being stripped away.
I don't think anybody looked at the long term -- -- -- the long term effect.
If you look at the bureau of labor and statistics that shows that veterans from this gulf war where -- -- gulf war two was approximately nine point 4%.
You also can look at that same Bureau of Labor Statistics and show that the lower the educational level the higher the rate of unemployment.
So what we're really doing is prolonging a wave of unemployment for veterans I don't think anybody wants to do that.
Which is incredible when you think -- priorities in your hit list.
Why do you -- veterans and their and their age and then medical benefits and in this case the tuition -- you can tell it is out of things to cut.
There there are but I believe that -- military spends anywhere from 300 to 400 million annually per service.
On tuition assistance which really is a small amount from what is actually needed.
And elsewhere and other cuts and I also want to have a -- Nelson and you you helping veterans every single -- know when you came back from where Iraq and Afghanistan.
There on day one and in the first Persian gulf war -- you weren't unlike the first one you did.
He'll -- have suicidal thoughts correct absolutely with somebody that's slowly gained on me.
When I refer to -- combat stress I don't like he's posttraumatic stress because that's only one component there's multiple components that kind of -- and build.
The sustained stress that people feel until -- point of helplessness and what -- got shipped through it.
What actually got me through it I think was my mother reaching out to -- at the right time.
I like to think that the -- kind of talked spoken you're here and said you need to reach out your son -- -- almost -- -- marriage it almost -- -- -- -- almost take your life but in the big picture as we look back at ten years in the Iraq War.
Are you proud of what you and the others have accomplished there.
While I'm obviously proud for what everybody has has done there as -- service members and government employees and even American support of it.
And that's what we need to look out we just need to focus at this ten year anniversary on the positives because war is not a positive thing it's -- horrible thing but there's positives out of it.
There's valor -- service in their sacrifice that was given why were you able to.
For people who can't -- more keep your head down and have so much the success and he'll and -- -- so many people.
Through the cause of course -- -- service why why we have news that the coolness and calmness under pressure.
-- a lot of that -- but mostly comes down to the people -- -- with.
There's nothing that I get on my own everything that I have was accomplished for the people who were with me.
Next in the side by side so when you look at the awards where you look at the accomplishments.
You really have to look at the totality of those people just a small piece what I need chronicle here saluting those people on the way in talking about what you experienced lieutenant mark Donald.
Thanks so much for his service and which have been through -- -- doing now battle -- the name of the book memoir of the seal warrior -- Thanks so much thank you great to see it and thanks for business from Albuquerque we haven't you have a good morning you -- I'd.
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