Black soldiers returning from WWII who did not gain the full benefits of the GI Bill due to racism on the individual and institutional levels.
Filipino soldiers from WWII who were guaranteed full veteran benefits and US citizenship. In 1946 Truman stripped Filipinos of their veteran status. Only 75 years later were Filipino veterans honored and acknowledged by the US government.
Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Queer, and Trans soldiers who have been silenced and shamed from expressing their true selves while in uniform.
All soldiers who return with battle wounds, physical, emotional, and mental, with insufficient resources to help them to wellness. The soldiers and their families navigating PTSD in a country where we are only beginning to acknowledge that those experiencing mental health issues and trauma should not be stigmatized but listened to and supported.