Whether it is 16 months or 19 months or 23 months, whether the residual force is 10,000 or 50,000 troops, the president's new plan will create a surge of new veterans coming home in 2009 and 2010. We need to be ready.
The history of veterans funding is so consistently poor that even when Congress has gotten the funding level right, it has been late. Imagine trying to run a private sector health care system without knowing your budget.
Despite their honorable service and sacrifices, servicemembers upon their return from Iraq and Afghanistan often find themselves having to fight the military itself to get needed benefits and services.
The Status of Forces Agreement comes with outrageous stipulations that render our troops helpless, subject them to the Iraqi military tribunals, halt U.S. military operations, and turn vengeful detainees over to the Iraqis.
Just as our artists have given us great music to listen to since my return from Iraq, we are now using this music to help the hundreds of thousands of troops who face a host of struggles upon returning home.
For all those who will accept nothing short of "victory" in Iraq, please get on the same page as the rest of us: sending others into an immoral situation and expecting them to behave morally is absurd.
The report card places McCain on what it calls "the D team" and explains, "These legislators must improve their voting records if they are to legitimately claim that they support our troops and veterans."