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Veterans Day

Category: Economy
Posted: 11/12/12 00:18

by Dave Mindeman

On this November day, the 11th day of the 11th month, the first thing to do is to salute the men and women of our armed forces. It is unfortunate that the news cycle is filled with the indiscretion of General David Petraeus. But soldiers are not perfect. That does not make them any less heroic.

Petraeus served our country well and led us through some very tough ordeals...the politics of which will be discussed in history books. But the military service of Petraeus and our armed forced is beyond question.

Duty, honor, country. Those truths still hold. And maybe it was honor that moved Petraeus to resign rather than weather a political firestorm.

I'm not going to dwell on that today....because today I see uniforms that represent the best in our country. And even better, those uniforrms are finally coming home.

But it is also painful to note that many of these returning veterans can't find jobs. Can't get the full amount of healthcare they need. And are sometimes unrecognized for what they have done.

We must keep working to change that. This much we have to get right. On this Veterans Day and on every day going forward we must properly honor the service of those who paid that disproportionate price in service to country. Some gave their life, some gave permanent wounds. All gave time, talent, and treasure to the call of their country.

Today, especially, we honor that sacrifice. And every day going forward it should be a part of our thoughts.

Thank you, veterans. Thank you very much.
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