Honor our veterans every day, not just Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, resolve to honor our veterans in both word and deed. Photo: Right, Dave Roever of the Roever Foundation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 26, 2013 — Expressing gratitude to our nation’s veterans this weekend is the right thing to do. Yet giving lip service to those who defend our liberty is not enough; words must be followed by actions.

In his weekly radio address yesterday, President Obama said that the nation must do more than just remember its fallen heroes on Memorial Day. He said that the country must also make sure that all veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned. Above all, he said that the armed forces must have the support needed to carry out their missions at home and abroad.

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The words are true. Obama’s actions, however, belie the words.

The Veteran’s Administration is underfunded; veterans face long waits to receive the care and benefits they have earned. The Army’s Warrior Transition program has been accused of being more disciplinarian than rehabilitative.

As for all the support the armed forces need to carry out their missions at home and abroad, sequestration has hit the Department of Defense particularly hard, reducing its available funding by 8 percent.

Fortunately, where the federal government has failed, private charity has stepped in.

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While most celebrities pay lip service to supporting our veterans and serving military — while being careful to not support what they actually do — actor Gary Sinise has taken a leading role in supporting veterans through the multitude of unique projects carried out by The Gary Sinese Foundation.

The Wounded Warrior Project, run mostly by veterans, has a mission to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

While these two national organizations are well known, there are a host of local groups and veteran’s associations, like Eagles Summit Ranch, which serve local communities as well.

Sadly, neglect of our veterans is not new. From the Revolution forward, those who sacrificed the most for our liberty have not always received the help they need. These people deserve our thanks and praise, not just on Memorial Day, but throughout the year.

And especially on Memorial Day.


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