As our nation's heroes fight to recover, they should not have to face the additional stress resulting from poor lodging and financial burdens. These men and women have served our country in times of war and in peace, from World War II to the present. Now they need our help.
Stephanie Lee is the most inspiring and hopeful woman I've ever known. That's saying a lot considering that my wife has beat cancer twice and constantly amazes me at how she came through both battles stronger and more able to change the world and those around her for the better.
Just because these men and women signed on to fight these two wars doesn't mean they signed on to bear the entire moral burden associated with them. It's past time we opened our ears and our homes and our hearts. We need to listen.
This country is worth fighting for. And every day, our teachers fight for our students' right to succeed and meet their potential. Each one of us must defend their right to an excellent education, and I'm honored to have so many dedicated veterans on board with that mission.
So to the members of the U.S. Senate, I say: if you want to really support the troops this Veterans Day weekend, turn off the destructive partisanship and come together to do what is best for veterans and military families.
I still witness those thank yous being given to vets and service members who actually do deserve them. But they're still shouts across a canyon that isn't getting any smaller. The civilian-military divide is still as large as it ever was.
In this age of reckless and ballooning entitlement spending, it is equal parts puzzling and dismaying that we as a nation have put so little emphasis on caring for the needs of the bravest and most patriotic among us.
Today's student veterans are at a critical point in American history. We have the opportunity to significantly influence the public discussion about the future of veterans in our country, but we also have to seize this opportunity to create change.
On the long plane ride back to the USA from my tour of duty in Vietnam in late 1971, I had a hard time sleeping, afraid, I've determined in hindsight, that I'd wake up back in Vietnam! So, I passed the time listening to music and scribbling random thoughts on a piece of paper.
Too many of you will have to spend the rest of your life trying to wade your way through a normalcy that will always be anything but normal to a soldier who has experienced war. My heart is for you. All of you.
While both pro-gun and anti-violence supporters have spent millions of dollars to either arm or disarm people, the resources that have been dedicated to equip at-risk youth with opportunities, skills, and academic support are woefully ignored year after year.
More than five months on the road just might be the antidote these Iraq vets need. When Anderson learned of Voss's plan, he immediately asked to tag along, receiving immediate support from his spouse and his boss.