Friday, November 11, 2011


Today is the day we celebrate our veterans with speeches, parades, banners, and flags. The country declares it’s appreciation, respect, and support to the men and women who have served us and are serving us now. How nice. What a wonderful and hollow show it is.

Consider the stream of news that has confronted us for the past many years regarding our service men and women…horrific injuries and disabilities, depression, suicide, increased divorce rates, unemployment, and a woeful lack of effective health care. All of this in addition to the psychological burden on their families, while the rest of the country has been spared any and inconvenience, hardship,or sacrifice.

I am ashamed and I am angry. Every politician who gives a speech, participates in a parade, or voted to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, should be clamoring for a tax to pay for our veteran’s needs, and every citizen who claims their support to our troops should welcome such a tax. It is the very least we could do. Talk and rhetoric is cheap. We owe our veteran's and troops more than words and parades...much more.

Whether you agree or disagree with our wars, it is the decent thing to do.

1 comment:

cowango said...

My dad got VA benefits all his life because he was a disabled vet. I got a college education paid for by the VA because he was a disabled vet. I absolutely know first hand what the sacrifices are that so many vets make and believe that they deserve the most that we can give them.