November 11, 2012

Veterans Day

Veterans DayToday is Veterans Day in the U.S. It is an occasion where we extend our gratitude to those who have served our country in the armed forces. It is a day to honor their commitment and sacrifice.

These are worthy activities, and yet, we would be remiss in not doing something beyond paying lip service to these ideals. When we see that the same political party that pushes "strong national defense" at every opportunity has been calling for cuts to veterans' benefits, we owe it to our veterans to shine a spotlight on it. Supporting our veterans should be one of those rare goals with real bipartisan support.

With this in mind, I'd like to suggest that we take a moment to do three things today:
  1. Fully recognize that the U.S. is still mired in costly wars in which our young men and women are fighting and dying;
  2. Pledge that we will continue to pressure our elected officials to support funding for veterans' services so that our veterans will receive the assistance they have earned; and
  3. Support the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and their efforts to defend the rights of atheist men and women in uniform from those seeking to promote Christian extremism.
On Veterans Day, we all seem to agree that we owe our veterans a debt of gratitude. We owe them more than our thanks, and I hope we can remember that long after today.