Meet Your Board Members: Dr. Allen Whitt, Recording SecretaryPosted: August 25, 2012
During WWII, everyone in the country had roles to play. Not only military members and their families, but all citizens, either through sacrifices on the fields of battle, or by working in defense plants, collecting scrap metal for the war effort, growing Victory Gardens, facing the restrictions of rationing, as well as paying more taxes to produce planes, bombs, bullets, tanks, and other military needs.
In our recent and current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, American citizens have had far less burdensome requirements. In fact, taxes were not increased to pay for these wars, but lowered to accommodate political expediencies. In addition, we now have armies that are largely made up of full-time soldiers, not draftees from civilian life. The burdens placed on them have been extraordinary, often requiring multiple deployments that greatly increase the chances of death and physical and psychological injuries.
Thus, in actuality, it has been veterans and their families who have carried the sacrifices required for these wars—deaths and injuries of military personnel (including many traumatic brain injuries from IEDs) and losses and separations and dislocations of families.
The Museum of the American Military Family was founded to give proper and long-needed recognition to the vitally important contributions made by such families, not only in present wars, but during all wars in American history.
This is the reason I wanted to play a role in this timely and important effort to give voice to the American military family.