As veterans, we were trained to fight for others. Yes, we fought for our own lives too, on the battlefield, but we were always ready to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters, and in service to our nation.
It was our calling.
The missing demanded it.
Once our services was completed, the return to civilian life has been horrendously difficult for so many of us. That great difficulty far too often tragically ends in veteran suicide. We lose 27 brothers and sisters to veteran suicide every day. The right number is zero. But, not only do we not have the solution, the numbers are getting worse. More of find they just can’t take the pain of living. We must find solutions, and in fact, we must fight for them. The fight of life off the battlefield is no less and possibly a great deal more challenging than facing enemy bullets.
Such a moment has arrived now. We know that among all the wounds we suffer in the field, traumatic brain injury is one of the most destructive. That’s a big topic. Within it, and a critically important subset, is hearing loss.
It is in this area that we have discovered an unforgiveable actor who, knowing what they were doing, sold defective ear protection gear to the military, leading to 100s of thousands of veteran’s pain, discomfort, and even inability to adapt to the demands of everyday altered life. The company is 3M.
It’s almost impossible to imagine a company that has, for so long, profited from military contracts, being ready to betray those of us defending the nation. Yet, that is precisely what they did. They sold a defective product and betrayed their sacred obligation.
So, what must you do?
First, self-assess. Be as honest and objective as you can be.
Do you suffer hearing loss?
Do you suffer from Tinnitus?
Did you serve from 2003 on?
Did you ever receive Reversible Combat Style Ear Plugs ?