Blog 1452 – 09.09.2019
A Tribute To Those Other Vets
I am, myself a U.S. military veteran. My war was Vietnam, where I spent most of my last year as a teenager in 1970, forty-nine years ago. Many of you are more proud of my service than I am. Oh, I went believing I was serving my country as many did but afterwards learned I was really serving the greed of many who made their fortunes or increased them during that terrible war. But that is not what I want to write about today. Let others brag on our military veterans and those serving today. Those who do their service honorably, deserve honor, whatever their contribution.
But I would like today to honor those other Vets, veterinarians, who give so much of themselves to ease the suffering of animals and to help them to have longer more enjoyable lives with the children and adults who love them. I heard some startling facts about veterinarians that I did not know yesterday. I knew that our military vets are killing themselves at alarming rates but I did not know that is even more true of veterinarians. They have the highest suicide rate of any of the medical professions. There are several contributing factors. Did you know that veterinarians make half what most medical doctors and surgeons do, about $93,000 per year? Did you know that many of them are introverted, lonely, and lone people, living and working alone with often no other veterinarians for hundreds of miles greatly increasing their work load? Did you ever consider that unlike most medical doctors they are often asked to take the lives of their patients to end their suffering and that since most get into the profession because they love animals that this takes a great toll on their own lives.
Military veterans are asked to take lives in the service of their country and it changes them, they carry those scars like medals no one wants to wear. Veterinarians fight a battle that is only temporarily won and since animals who even live full lives have shorter lives they see many more of their patients die than medical doctors or surgeons do. All care-givers suffer from burn-out and no one can carry those kind of burdens indefinitely and yet we expect Vets to. Many today say, “Thank you for your service” to anyone they know to be a military veteran or first responder but we should be just as appreciative to all who serve especially to our veterinarians who give so much of themselves for the care of our beloved animals. God Bless The Beasts And The Children For In This World They Have No Voice They Have No Choice – And God Bless All Who Care For Them.
Bless The Beasts And The Children (and all the Vets who do so much to make animals lives and ours thereby happier)
Your friend and fellow traveler,