It seems appropriate to begin this Veterans Day Post with the following speech from President Ronald Reagan, and the pledge of a soldier who gave his life for this country:
Indeed, we are Americans. And we honor those who are willing to put on the uniform of one of our branches of the military.
I might add, and we honor their families too, who have served along with them. I know there are many here who have had family members who served. And there is no doubt that those who have served, and do serve, could not/cannot do so without the support of their families in a host of ways. So thank you to the families of veterans and active service members across the world.
That said, one day is simply insufficient to thank the veterans of this great nation for all they do to protect us, to protect our allies, to protect our rights and our freedom. We as a nation should do more for them than we do, beginning with completely revamping the entire Veterans Administration. At this point, the VA fails too many of our wounded warriors too often, and that simply cannot stand.
Heck, even a Democrat and former Representative is claiming Obama needs to do more than “pay lip service to veterans.” From The Hill:
Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) is challenging President Obama’s handling of veterans and their mental health struggles.
“Frankly, we’re coming up on Veterans Day and the president of the United States ought to pay more than lip service to veterans,” he said on MSNBC’s “Weekends with Alex Witt” last Saturday.
“Half of veterans are going to be covered by their employer-sponsored healthcare, which means that if the president wants to stand with veterans who are suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress, he needs to ensure that the private insurance companies out there actually cover traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress,” Kennedy added.
“That’s the best way on this Veterans Day for this president to stand with veterans,” he said. “We have the authority to enforce this.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Yes, President Obama DOES need to do more than just talk about helping veterans and actually work to DO something for them. It isn’t rocket science, after all. We can do it. And we SHOULD do it. Frankly, it is the least we can do for those who are willing to put on the uniform of the United States.
And speaking of those who put on the uniform, a dear old friend shared with me a cool photo of a US Coast Guard Sand Pounder from WWII, something I had not heard of before. Here is the photo and accompanying information:
Isn’t that something? It is an incredible photograph all by itself, but the history is pretty neat, too!
On this Veterans Day, may we remember all those who have served our Great Nation, those who were willing to put their lives on the line for us, and for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice:
My deepest thanks to all of our veterans. Thank you for your courage, your bravery, your sacrifice, and your time. I cannot even fathom where this country would be without you.
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