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.
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.
Tom Hayden: Bergdahl could have been released in the same prisoner swap nearly three years ago, but the Republican-led opposition scuttled the deal by opposing, “negotiating with terrorists.”
Rosemary and Walter Brasch: May we all remember that when the basic needs are filled for all Americans, only then can we be truly thankful for the day.
Randall G. Shelden: States with the highest percentages of veteran prisoners were those that tended to have the fewest military bases, with the state of Oregon ranked first and Nevada second.
Berry Craig: Throughout the New Testament, Roberts says, Jesus Christ “talks about the people who are poor and living in poverty. Today, who tries to lift people out of poverty? It’s the labor movement.”
Rebecca Martin: According to a 2012 VA study, some 8,000 veterans are thought to die by suicide each year, about 22 per day.
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.
John MacMurray: And while very few communities will openly admit their disdain for these people who have no permanent place to live, many cities have no problem creatively enforcing ordinances that make being homeless far more difficult than it already is.
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.”