This project & brand new foundation has been rapidly developing over the course of these chaotic, at times, but constructive, months. We have, from the beginning, wanted to do something for our fellow veterans and current service members that would benefit every aspect of their life. From their emotional and mental state to their creative minds and incredibly selfless acts of service. And it really comes down to this:
When we were going through Basic training, either as Soldiers or Marines, Airmen or Sailors, we were getting yelled at, belittled, pushed to our physical and mental limits, but one thing kept us going, each other.
When we were going through Advanced Training for our jobs, many of us, 68W you know what I am talking about, thought we were gonna have it easy and just go to school, then went through Basic all over again! But we got through it, not because we like being yelled at, or being treated like red-headed step kids (no offense to our "ginger" fans out there). We got through it, and had some fun, because of each other.
When we went to war, some foreign hot (or frigid) hell-hole thousands of miles from our warm beds, we didn't quit. When we did some of the most difficult things, ever to be asked of a citizen of this Nation, we did it, not because of some politician, or policy maker, some President or Congressman, we did it because of US. We did it for our brother on our left and our sister on our right. We did it, and would do it all over again, because we had each other's back.
Our reminders were everywhere, on our Tanks and Helicoptors, on those rucks we carried and those aid bags we wiped clean of blood, U.S........Us, you and me, and those we lost......US.
That was our mission and still is, as veterans, former soldiers and marines, and airmen and sailors. US, By Any Means Necessary! Why should our care for one another stop when we get our DD214, why should our support of one another cease when we get assigned to Fort Couch? It doesn't have to and it Damn well shouldn't. So, our mission at the Graffiti of War, is to continue that tradition of support and camaraderie to support our brothers and sisters to our left and to our right. Why should we let the civilians corner the market on success. We are millions strong now, our numbers have grown. Our great-grandparents and grandparents did it in WWII, they came home and grabbed their success, took it and made it their own. We can learn from the mistakes of Vietnam, we shall not be judged by those who never took a man's life for their country, that never watched their buddies die in their arms, that doesn't know what it is like to taste the blood of their brothers and sisters-in-arms while their life is sucked away thousands of miles from their loved ones. We are strong, we made it through, we can accomplish anything because of what we have already accomplished.
So join me, join US to ensure that never again will homelessness be in the same sentence as veteran. Never again will a veteran go without, be without and be anything other than a success in this life that they have been graciously given, paid with the price of the blood of their friends. Let us truly, Support US, by any means necessary.