Veterans Day should be a year-round time to recognize those who have given so much and received so little. They wait for endless periods for needed treatment from a Veterans Affairs that failed to meet previously established goals for ending homelessness among our vets or overcoming backlogs of disability claims.
Today, military personnel — including those who serve in National Guard and Reserve units == serve multiple deployments in America’s wars in distant locations with even more distant reasons. They come home with battle scars, broken homes and lost jobs.
Yes, we celebrate on this day, but even that celebration is also littered with holiday “sales” as stores try to cash in and many places do not even close to honor the day that is supposed to be set aside for those who serve their country.
Today, some will be told “thank you for your service.” Is that enough? Will you thank them tomorrow, or next week, or next month? Will Congress put aside its gridlock partisanship and decide to get together to both honor and help our veterans?