To The U.S. Government

by Regina

We, your U.S. military sons and daughters
are Atomic soldiers that were sickened by
radiation from the Atom bomb tests of
decades ago,
truly, you knew ~
We, your U.S. military sons and daughters
are Agent Orange soldiers that were poisoned
by this chemical defoliant in the Vietnam War,
truly, you knew ~
We, your U.S. military sons and daughters
unknowingly drank tainted water at Camp Lejeune,
the base brass knew, yet, nothing was said,
truly, you knew ~
We, your U.S. military sons and daughters
in the Middle East Wars, breathed in
burning oil and the burn pits smoke and soot,
truly, you knew ~

We're mourned by more people than you'll
ever know, they have not forgotten,
our families suffer too,
we signed our leonine hearts on the line,
and our dedication, our service,
led us into battle, yet,
when we went to the VA,
we, in great numbers were denied,
so many of us passed from toxic wounds
caused by our own U.S. government,
truly, you, our government, knew.~


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