Steve Hochstadt: Behind the pious words that come so easily to politicians’ lips has been a nasty fight over how much money to spend on veterans.
Larry Wines: It’s rather shocking that there is no special programming scheduled today on any of the major networks for either the 100th anniversary of the armistice or Veterans Day. That should scream volumes for all of us.
Daniel Lichtenstein-Boris: The man held a sign on a piece of used cardboard, the word “Hungry” scrawled with a black magic marker. I stopped, and offered him a banana out of my lunch bag. He said he didn’t eat them. I dug into the bag. I had some walnuts and raisins, which I offered. He ate walnuts, and his partner, well, she ate raisins.
Tom Hall: Rudi Giuliani, who now defends the Donald’s denial of global climate change, in 2001 denied the scientific evidence that the attacks caused dangerous air pollution that lingered for months.
Dave Clennon: Veterans for Peace and ICUJP wanted to reach the American public with their message about the grave shortcomings of “The Vietnam War.”
Anna Bernoulli: The fact is, though, when I went through my marksmanship training in the US Army, I was not learning how to be a competition shooter in the Olympics, or a good hunter. I was being taught how to kill people as efficiently as possible, and that was never a secret.
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.