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27 Comments on “To Our Veterans On Memorial Day...”


  • avatar
    thelaine

    Amen

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    Agreed.

  • avatar
    JimothyLite

    Ditto.

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    Jeff Waingrow

    Good, now that we’ve done our amens, can we get Obama and Shinseki and others to get off their asses and actually do something for the vets who suffer the interminable waits at the various VA hospitals. Frankly, when I read of this mistreatment, it makes my blood boil.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      Agreed, but the whole country is headed in that direction, not away from it.

    • 0 avatar
      Xeranar

      When the VA hides their problems because the top-level administrators don’t want to admit their understaffed and overworked that isn’t a problem for the president. That’s a problem for Congress to budget them more funds to take care of our vets. They had a long taper until the Iraq/Afghan wars sent tons of new vets into their care. But nobody wants to spend the money after they’ve done their duty it seems.

      • 0 avatar
        Jeff Waingrow

        An excellent point about inadequate funding. Indeed. But why can’t the various administrations “admit” it, as you term it? What good is a bully pulpit, if not for this? I’m a liberal in most things, but this transcends ideology. You send a person into harms way, you take care of him if he makes it back. Period. Frankly, I’m really tired of all the phony patriotism and pontificating.

        • 0 avatar
          Xeranar

          Top level administrators regardless of government or private sector do not want to look bad. We’re told to make do with less. Find ways to be ‘creative’ when sometimes dollars to donuts, more dollars equal more service. This is anathema in the atmosphere of our modern system.

          I don’t even want to go further, but right now a private makes slightly more than minimum wage, even with combat pay they struggle to make median income. We talk a good game but most of our military budget goes into buying oil, ammo, and resources in that order.

          But I digress, we’ve sullied the general good feelings. I’ll leave the real politik for another day. :)

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            “we’ve sullied the general good feelings”

            What good feelings? And what “we”?

          • 0 avatar
            Xeranar

            Kenmore, did somebody spill milk in you and forget to clean it up?

            We as in myself and Jeff Waingrow and the good feelings are about trying to remember and have a moment for our lost soldiers. Is that sufficient, good sir? :)

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        There was enough money for the villains involved to give themselves bonuses. Government administration is the problem.

    • 0 avatar
      Spartan

      For once, can people stop pushing their personal and political agendas on a day that we should be honoring the dead? This has gotten beyond ridiculous. We can’t even have a day for those who have died for our country without disgracing it with politics.

    • 0 avatar
      jetcal1

      Jeff, the VA has been problematic for at least 40 years that I am aware of on anecdotal basis. It transcends party. I have deliberately avoided using the system myself. This is only the latest scandal involving medical treatment for both veterans and active duty.

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    sproc

    You’re welcome, but please keep your thoughts and prayers today on those who never came home.

    • 0 avatar
      Pig_Iron

      Thank you for clarifying that. I was trying to think of kind way of saying it. But sometimes you have to get to the point. Regardless, Derek’s sentiment was well meant.

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    Xeranar

    So many served, so many lost lives. So little to show for it at times. I’m not a blind supporter of the military but those who have perished in the line of duty deserve our memorial for the fact they were somebody.

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff Waingrow

      Xereanar, I think we agree completely. I can’t stand how the “holiday” has turned into a barbecue fest, picnic and general good-time day. So many stores are open today too. This is disrespectful in the extreme. I think constantly about the lost lives. But I also think about the damaged ones, especially when they are not given their due. Politics should play no role in this. I suspect we’re very much on the same page.

      • 0 avatar
        jetcal1

        Jeff,
        The nature of observing the holiday has changed because fortunately, few have a personal connection with it. I will address the VA issue tomorrow after the observance has passed.

      • 0 avatar
        05lgt

        Jeff, I remember them on a sunny day with BBQ and beer because we made it abundantly clear to each other that that was how we would prefer to be remembered. In my heart there are a few who I spend today with, and I try to make it a day they’ll want to visit on.

  • avatar
    jetcal1

    I sincerely hope few, if any readers have personal remembrances today.

    If you do pause today, remember those that died in the line of duty as well. Not all deaths are in combat.

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    jim brewer

    Uh…..you do know that this is Memorial Day, not Veteran’s Day, right? This commemorates the people who served who did not get to be veterans.

  • avatar
    Sals

    “War Letters” by Andrew Carroll (2002) is excellent. The companion 2011 American Experience film (about 52 mins) is still available to stream free. http://video.pbs.org/video/1954369780/

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    Spartan

    Memorial Day is to honor the fallen. As an active duty officer, I can tell you that we don’t need the thanks today, we need to reserve this day for those who never got a chance to come home. The fact that we’re still above ground and got to come home to our families is thanks enough. Those who didn’t get that chance should get all the thanks, praise, and honor today.

    • 0 avatar
      jetcal1

      Spartan,
      I am reminded of that every time I see a license plate with a star or a heart on it. I’m thrilled they got to go to dmv and wave that 214 around instead of a small box going to the NoK.

  • avatar
    threeer

    Wow…kind of stunned to see some of the direction this thread took. You might not agree with how our miliary is used (and I say this as one who grew up in a military family, have a son who is in training to be an AF fighter pilot and myself work overseas in direct support of our servicemembers), but the day was intended to be one to stop and reflect on those that died in service to country. Period. No other politicing is required. While I sometimes get upset at the cavalier nature of our general public on this day (most don’t even stop to think about what the day is truly about), I suspect that most service members that died giving their last measure would prefer that we went about our lives and the greatest honor we can give them for their sacrifice is to live free…if that involves a steak and cold beer, then I’m fairly sure most departed soldiers/sailors/airmen/marines/coasties are up in Heaven hoisting one right alongside. Remember those that left their homes and never returned.

  • avatar
    PonchoIndian

    Derek

    Thank you for posting this.

    I may not always agree with your reviews or point of view but this shows that you are a class act.

    Let us never forget those who have put themselves in harms way for the USA.

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