Walter Moss: The best patriotism involves not just love of country, but also valuing compassion, justice, equality, freedom, toleration, and inclusiveness.
Hector Villagra: The VA’s failure to meet Valentini and other veterans’ most basic need for housing should cause us to question how much our government values the sacrifices they make.
Jessica Bartholow: For too many veterans, the November 11th holiday is nothing more than a gateway to a stressful holiday season filled with cold months, high utility bills and empty plates.
Julie Driscoll: Last year the GOP voted against or rejected multiple bills designed to help our nation’s veterans, including the Wounded Veteran Job Security Act, the Veterans Retraining Act, and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization.
Brent Budowsky: Let’s escalate the effort to eliminate the backlog of benefits due to wounded warriors and disabled vets by devoting whatever resources are necessary to complete this mission, and enlisting a major business leader.
By purchasing and dedicating commemorative bricks, Americans everywhere will be helping Advantage US Vets establish the Roots & Sprouts Farmstead as a not-for-profit workplace which will directly hire jobless honorably discharged veterans.
Diane Lefer: Keynote speaker, Brigadier General (Ret) Ruth Wong, and the many highly motivated women in attendance were living examples of the positive strengths and attributes employers can find in women vets.
Karen Finney: While there is much to celebrate in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act recently passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, the rights of one group of Americans remain inadequately protected: the women and men in our armed forces who are victims of military sexual trauma.
Skip Rizzo: One thing we do know about PTSD is that if it’s left alone, don’t count on it just going away like a common cold. The hard legacy of the post-Vietnam era taught us that lesson.
Stephanie Stone: Young women, despite having no infantry training, have fought in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war and returned home as part of this country’s first generation of female combat veterans.
Steven Mikulan: Study after study has shown Walmart to be a cutthroat employer of last resort, most of whose business innovations seem to involve new ways to save the corporation money by slashing employee hours and benefits.
Brent Budowsky: Hagel is a devoted, fierce, passionate and untiring champion of wounded warriors and veterans causes of all kinds. When the phrase “band of brothers” is used, Hagel is one of the true brothers. His commitment to helping troops and military families is boundless.
Kevin Swanwick: Overcome with emotion, it took me several minutes to compose myself enough to approach and offer this young man a smile and a “thank you.”