They just fade away

the country called

they answered


But not the sons

or the daughters

of the greedy


The well to do

some people call them



Years ago some say

they spoke with

 forked tongues


The country called

they answered

signed a contract

gave blood, sweat, tears



their limbs, lives and sanity

the streets are  filled

with them


Contract renegotiated

budget cuts

they just fade

don’t forget hire a vet


Some went above

 and beyond

a chestful of medals


You can’t sell

medals for food


Those that sacrificed

the most

get the least

they don’t die


They  fade away

slowly through  budget cuts

estranged family


Alone or

 just with memories

of comraderie

that no longer  exists