David A. Love: Since 2002, soldiers and veterans have been committing murder individually and in groups, killing wives, girlfriends, children, fellow soldiers, friends, acquaintances, complete strangers, and — in appalling numbers — themselves.
Andrew Swetland: The political attack against Obama for “dishonoring the soldiers who died searching for Bergdahl” was built on the central thesis that any soldiers died searching for Bergdahl at all.
WD Ehrhart: When we play the national anthem before sporting events as a sign of “respect,” I wonder just exactly what it is that I’m being asked to respectful?
When forty years have passed, the distinction between friend and foe may seem less important, or less emotionally true, than the distinction between those who share the secret of war and those who do not.
Sikivu Hutchinson: No matter what the “good” upstanding immigrant/person of color does to meet the litmus test of American patriotism they will never be validated by the dominant culture as human/citizen/hero—especially in times of nativist backlash.
Daniel Torres: Some of the veterans fell on hard times after they were discharged. Others suffered from PTSD, depression, addiction or other psychological wounds that stemmed from their service. Yet few received the help they needed and deserved.
Lida Dianti: Though they are promised naturalization, far too many U.S. military veterans, who are generally green card holders, never actually naturalize and are subject to deportation if they pick up a criminal conviction when they return home, even if it is just for a misdemeanor offense.
Murray Polner: Soldier suicides and stories of permanently crippled vets have largely vanished from our media, the survivors ignored but for predictable Memorial Day editorials.
James Rhodes: Larry suffered ear damage from underwater explosions and while at a USO-type facility in Calcutta, Japanese operatives poisoned the beef supply, knowing only foreigners would eat hamburgers.
Ernest Canning: While huge gains have been made over the past six years, the fact that on any given night there are fifty thousand homeless veterans on the street is a national disgrace.
John Seeley: Housing plan for the West Los Angeles V.A. property would help, but some say it doesn’t go far enough.
James Glaser: It took me a couple of years to consciously know in my mind that “my war” was actually a scam to make some people rich and to give hundreds of thousands of workers, good jobs.
James Rhodes: From the inception of this great nation, deceased veterans have been revered as fallen heroes while, on the other hand, living veterans, in many cases, have been shortchanged and discounted.