Vets need Makerspace Development

Lost in all the celebration for finally getting something done on the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Bill will be any discussion about the long-term economic wellbeing of veterans. There is no lobbying being done for a strategy to help returning service members survive the hazards of Post-Globalism America. Lawmakers seem content to go forward with mid-20th Century policies and leave this one percent of the population to fend for itself.

Washington seems to be content with talking about incentive programs (i.e. money for hiring vets) when confronted about the needs of returning veterans and their families. It’s almost as if they see tax credits as a silver bullet for solving all the countries ills. However, like many things it doesn’t take long for the shine to where off. This means about 2-3 years for a civilian job and much less for government contracting.

America needs a nation-wide network of makerspaces so that returning veterans can reintegrate themselves into the civilian workforce. Returning service members and their families need the near real-time learning environments that makerspaces provide. During the dotcom boom, people said that the Internet changes everything. It speeds things up. And no part of American society has felt this more than the civilian workforce.

Simply put, there are not enough makerspaces in America to meet the demand of all the returning service members. Returning Veterans don’t need another incentive program that gives money to transnational corporations instead of lesser industrialized communities. It was Albert Einstein who said insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Returning Veterans of America’s longest war deserve better.

Zachary Alexander