Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

Each and every day, I am grateful that many Americans are willing to give up their civilian life and enter a world of extreme service.  A world where they leave their families for months or years. A world where they might be asked to die for my protection. To those folks, I say a heartfelt and enduring thank you! Veteran's Day belongs to you, and this grateful nation will not forget your sacrifice.

To those who would take those brave Americans and throw their lives & limbs down a sewer for monetary gains, for unlimited corporate contracts, for control of natural resources, well, Veteran's day is NOT for you. For you I have nothing but contempt and anger. On Memorial Day & Veteran's Day you should visit the maimed and damaged in a Vet's home, visit the widowed and orphaned, visit the bombed-out families of Iraq and Afghanistan, then go take a long hard look in the mirror and into your soul. You should be ashamed.

And for the rest of us, we give these people one or two "days" and call it a thank you?  How about we make sure their families aren't on food stamps.  How about we give them free high-quality medical care for the rest of their lives?  How about we put their kids through college?  How about we pay for their flights home?  How about we give them all laptops so they can SKYPE or email with their families?  How about we make sure they have the best protective equipment money can buy?  How about we never send them in front of bullets and bombs unless it's absolutely necessary?


Churlita said...

Exactly. The best thing we can do for people in the military is take care of their needs while they are still in and when they get out and work for peace.

dmarks said...

"How about we make sure their families aren't on food stamps."

In light of what Churlita said, I'd not cut these families off from that program.

Mnmom said...

I meant make sure they are making enough money so they don't NEED food stamps. The low salary we pay enlisted folks is obscene.