Mike Stajura: Military drawdowns overseas mean more American veterans struggle to find meaningful work at home.
Larry Wines: Despite the events of our time and how we feel about each of them, it remains important, even vital, that we take a day to honor our veterans for putting aside their own lives and entering an environment where personal desires, goals and ambitions are in second-place — often, a distant second-place — to the needs and requirements of military service.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Although most war memorials throughout the United States are open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in New York ‘closes’ at 10 pm, that is, if you are expressing First Amendment rights.
Murray Polner: “Legless Veteran” was aimed at three targets: The U.S. Government, opportunistic and scurrilous profiteers of an anti-Red crusade gone mad, and the Communist Party, perhaps because of the longstanding hostility between Stalin and Trotsky.
Ken Olsen: At a time when veterans are dying in the nation’s streets in greater numbers than they died at war in Iraq or Afghanistan, VA is not only turning its back on mentally disabled veterans in Los Angeles but actively punishing them.
Murray Polner: Our inevitable future wars will cost far more. And those who serve will learn, just as Vietnam vets learned, that those who send them to war will never be as bighearted as they were to WWII and Korean vets.
Tully Mackay-Tisbert: Jymm has two Purple Hearts. He left L.A.’s streets to live on his own — then ended up in the hospital.
David Love: Lacking a legislative agenda, the President’s foes have nothing in their game but crass political ploys and bottom-of-the-barrel gimmicks.
Brent Budowsky: Obama should name a whip-cracking, butt-kicking, hard-charging, retired military officer to spend six months pursuing the SOLE mission of deciding what needs to be done to improve healthcare for vets and going to Congress to get bipartisan support for whatever is needed.
Lance Simmens: Unless we find our soul in the conviction that our institutions of government and governance play a major role in this quest we will find ourselves adrift in a society where increasingly it will be every person fending for themselves.
Walter Brasch: What is known is that every person killed in war had a mother. And every mother, no matter what her son believed or fought for, cried at her son or daughter’s death.
Murray Polner: How will we find the many billions and more it will take to care for these veterans for the rest of their lives? It’s a question that will no doubt remain unanswered and probably be forgotten as the decades pass,
Diane Lefer: A high percentage of homeless women vets suffer from Military Sexual Trauma or are survivors of domestic violence. Because male veterans so outnumber females, a woman may find herself alone and isolated in the settings intended to help her.