Veterans Day is always a strange holiday for me. I’m pro peace. Years ago a Quaker said to me, “But we’ve never tried peace.” That thought has resonated and colored my thinking and feeling ever since.
So I’m anti-war. But I’m also well aware of the sacrifice members our military have made over time, which always hurts my heart.
I’ve also become more and more aware of how many of our homeless are from the conflict we had in Viet Nam. As my awareness built gradually, I’ve also realized how with Bush’s Iraq war, we’ve been treating our Veterans like second, third, and fourth class citizens. Sure, there was and still is the scandal at Walter Reed Hospital, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
One of the most reliable sources for accurate information about what’s actually going on with our Veterans today is VAWatchDogDotOrg. Today, for example, they highlight information about how the VA mishandles records.
As citizens we should be ashamed. And as citizens we need to contact our representatives and urge them to do the right thing for our Veterans, no matter what the cost.
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