The number of veterans on death row is disproportionate to their presence in the general population -- but the fact is that veterans are underrepresented on death row. That seemed more like it.
Ironically, while the deal was recommended to the Metro Board by Metro staff, it was Yaroslavsky himself who took the lead in killing the mediated settlement, which had been brokered by a retired superior court judge. Being a "king" evidently has its privileges.
Homelessness, suicide and unemployment, along with physical and mental health problems and drug and alcohol abuse issues, have continued to plague our veterans from recent wars. But there are some encouraging trends.
While there are many companies in the entertainment industry that make considerable monetary donations to a variety charities, one company consistently takes philanthropy to another level entirely. United Talent Agency, with one of the most impressive talent rosters in the business, consistently raises the bar in terms of fostering a culture of generosity and giving back to the community.
The yellow ribbons have faded and the welcome home parades are a distant memory. But there's a price to pay for outsourcing our national defense to less than one percent of the population over 14 years of war. This isn't a military problem. It belongs to all of us.
The homelessness issue stays in the press in all media. The images are compelling... but they result in more dialogue, not action. Even facing an El Niño year isn't enough to jolt us into action. What's the matter with us? What's it going to take?
Religious communities can provide important sources of social support. Personal faith can provide solace and a sense of hope to men and women who endure constant stress and may have experienced traumatic events.
As a former member of the U.S. Air Force, I have deep admiration for our military. However, serving our country is a tremendous sacrifice -- one that should not come with the cost of military members not being able to raise a family of their own.
If you were like many Americans on November 12 of this year, you did take time to honor those who have fought - and still fight for - our country. Perhaps you were there personally to watch the parades that day which took place in the largest and smallest cities.
Not long before Eric Shinseki, then secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, resigned last year over a mismanagement scandal rocking the VA, Sloan D. Gibson had come into the agency as its new deputy secretary.
ALS is a very expensive disease, costing patients an estimated $300,000 a year. The average life expectancy for someone with ALS is 18 months. We wouldn't leave a soldier with a battle wound sitting around waiting to see a doctor for 16 months. So why are we now?
Don't get me wrong, I'm very grateful for all the many friends and acquaintances who are truly generous and genuine with their thanks.But, many veterans have shared that they feel what I feel: awkward, weird, half embarrassed, a bit resentful, but also proud.
Talk of national support is a wonderful thing, and so is giving jobs to veterans, but this is about providing good jobs, not just any job. Through our hard work and sacrifices we, and countless other workers in retail, deserve better wages, better benefits and the opportunity to earn a better life.
Social media pictures and platitudes don't make one pro-veteran. Listening, and heeding the call of veterans, makes someone pro-veteran.
Like your high school English teacher probably told you, it is important to show and not just tell a story. Servicemen and women are people of action. So, if you really want to show your appreciation for their service, don't just thank them, do something.
For many veterans, their families and their communities, the health coverage available through the Marketplace is one way that our nation keeps our promise to them. This Veterans Day, we honor those Americans who have served in uniform by making this nation stronger and healthier.