Veterans celebrated with parade
Veteran's Day is on Monday. Saturday in Indianapolis a parade honored the men and women who serve and those who have served our country.
Indiana is the 15th largest state, but Hoosiers make up the 4th largest National Guard. Second to only Washington, DC, Indianapolis has the most war memorials of any other American city. It's reminder that Hoosiers support their veterans.
But, overall, only one out of every ten people will wear the uniform, "Ninety-percent of our population doesn't know what it means to serve. And, unfortunately a lot of people take their freedom for granted," said, Brigadier General J. Stewart Goodwin.
Navy veteran Mike Herndon served his country for six years. Hendron drafted in 1971, but chose to stay until 1977. Every year he brings his children and grandchildren to the veteran's parade downtown Indy, and every year he still sees struggling veterans.
Hendron said, "I think it is going to fall upon us as citizens to do what we can, not rely on the government to do all of that. We've got to support our returned veterans, especially those that were injured."
Even as our national unemployment rate has slipped to under 7.9%, the jobless rate for post 9/11 vets is still at ten-percent.
Army Veteran Eric Fox explained, "When you are in combat and then come home, it's hard to relate to the society that you left."
Army Veteran Eric Fox served from 1995 to 2005. He also thinks there's more work to be done to help those that serve. While Fox has and his growing family have re-adjusted well to civilian life, he thinks more people should think about giving back.
Fox said, "The Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation has a lot of work for people that want to work. Volunteer for food pantries, keep the grounds up- actually look for places to get plugged in, instead of just talking about it."