Thursday, November 11, 2010
The best way to honor our veterns is to bring them home and end the Forever War
I took this photograph on Veterans Day two years ago and used it in a blog post about the Veterans for Peace Memorial Mile at Forest Hills Cemetery, which is the resting place for hundreds of Union and Confederate soldiers, as well as veterans who served in the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Viet Nam and the first Gulf War. The week of Veterans Day, they were joined by symbolic grave markers representing the Americans who have perished in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Two years later, nothing has changed. Our pursuit in Afghanistan makes no more sense than it did two years ago, In some ways we're going backwards. There's talk now of American troops staying until at least 2014. Meanwhile, the Deficit Reduction Commission is talking about having to reduce VA benefits. We owe our vets more than that. Politicians are quick to commit other people's lives, and then have no idea how to get out of the mess they started. We owe those who have given so much all honor, respect, and the best of benefits. And above all, we owe it to them to make sure that the Forever War does not, in fact, go on forever.