The following article was written by Richard Anthony, Director, dB Noise Reduction
A few years ago I had the opportunity to hear a presentation from Sammy L. Davis, often referred to as ‘the real Forrest Gump’, who had been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving his brothers on the battlefield (www.homeofheroes.com/sammydavis/index.html).
He gave such a moving recount of his story – and gained the respect of every person in that room. His true story is incredible and greater than anyone’s imagination could conceive; but what became difficult to believe was when he told of us the openly hostile and disrespectful treatment so many military people received when they arrived back home: they were cursed at, spat upon, struck with fists and weapons and had things thrown at them. It would seem that was a moment of great shame – but for our society; not the veterans.
In 2015 it would seem that we have more reason than ever to appreciate and respect our military people and veterans. They are a justifiably proud group of people and don’t want a hand out; but often there are ways that we can and should help out. Start by thanking them for their service. A few simple words, sincerely spoken can have a tremendous effect in someone’s day. Buy a an active service person or a veteran their coffee at Starbucks, Tim Horton’s or D.D. In the United States, organizations such as The Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org/) and The Gary Sinise Foundation (www.garysinisefoundation.org/) are other ways to help.
Veterans suffer higher than average hearing-loss
At dBNR, we have been looking to help through noise control and hearing conservation. Research indicates that active military personnel and veterans have a greater than normal risk for hearing loss and Tinnitus. In fact, testing indicates that their risk is also much higher than even industrial hearing loss.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) can range from moderate to severe and affects this group more due to exposure to louder noise sources. Since research also indicates a link between NIHL and broader health issues, this group is also at higher risk for other illnesses. In simple terms, this means that their sacrifice continues long after their service ends.
This Veteran’s Day/Remembrance Day, stop for a moment to offer thanks, appreciation and respect for these brave souls – and especially join those who remain; in prayer for their safety, protection and that lasting peace may one day end all wars.