How about Veterans for Kentucky School Safety?

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Two Kentucky veterans offer a solution to make schools safer; hire veterans for veterans to volunteer as school resource officers (SROs).

Since Tuesday’s mass shooting in Texas, veterans, like many other groups, have felt the need to help schools.

“At this point, we have to do something to protect these kids,” former Marine Jerry Ratterree told Ashland.

Ratterree, along with Army veteran Justin Bishop, of Lexington, had the same reaction to news of the Texas school shooting.

“I mean, the more I read into it, the angrier I got, and I felt a sense of disappointment in myself because I was like, we could have prevented this,” Bishop said.

The two veterans bring back excellent points.

First, Ratterree said there are more than enough idle reserve personnel filling the thousands of openings for ORS across the country.

“There are around 700 to 750,000 people on the inactive reserve right now. And I believe there are 131,000 K-12 schools in this country, so you have more than enough personnel available, and you won’t affect our combat readiness.

Ratterree said schools could use a setup similar to the military to arm veterans in the event of a school shooting.

“They could sign for a gun at a local law enforcement office like they would at an armory on base. So it’s a layer of deterrence to stop those shots,” Ratterree said.

Bishop, who served in Iraq, said veterans are highly skilled in handling intense situations like school shootings.

“We’re running towards the shootout, we’re not running from it,” Bishop said. “And we know body language, we know posture, we know when something is wrong. We are put in a certain state of mind. And for many of us veterans, we’re still in that mindset for years.

Both Ratterree and Bishop said they believe openings for ORS in school districts would be easily filled by veteran volunteers alone.

“I mean they protect our country, so who better to protect our children,” Ratterree said.

“If we can deploy out of Fort Knox, why can’t we defend our home in the United States, our neighborhood, our communities, our schools, our churches?” said the bishop.

Ratterree and Bishop said veterans already struggle to find civilian jobs after retirement. Bishop said he knew there was a stigma around veterans with PTSD because it prevented him from finding work initially.

However, Ratterree said psychological evaluations will verify this.

“Why can’t we take these veterans and requalify them and put them in these schools? It would help our veterans and protect our children,” Ratterree said.

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