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Alternate Veterans Day, 11/11

Posted on: November 8, 2014

4-A1016I received an offer from DAV – Disabled American Veterans – for a wall calendar in exchange for a donation. I receive many such offers. You probably do too.

In checking through the calendar I noticed that besides standard holidays it includes many military commemorations. One problem. It only included “victories.” It didn’t include important other military events, such as the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Japan – the only use in history. This date is commemorated by many as Hiroshima Day, but not by the DAV. I declined to donate.

I find it annoying that we are expected, even pressured, to help take care of veterans when the bloated ”Defense” Dept. budget consumes almost half of the discretionary spending of the annual U.S. federal budget. Yes, veterans deserve care – medical and educational, for examples – but not at additional citizen expense. The Bible directs us the care for orphans and widows and visit prisoners. Soldiers are not specifically mentioned.

Having lived in Iowa for 35 years, I am greatly disappointed with one of our US senators, Chuck Grassley, who at one time worked to identify and reduce overspending in the “Defense” Dept., such as the $400 hammer. During the past six years, however, he has abandoned that worthy effort and has worked lockstep with his fellow GOP obstructionists.

This Veterans Day I plan to wear my “Adopt-A-MineField” t-shirt to remind folks that we still need to clean up all the landmines in Southeast Asia (and elsewhere) that continue to kill and maim, especially children. The t-shirt was produced by the Johnson County, Iowa, United Nations Association.

And I will continue to urge our church council not to place the pictures of our military members in the lobby of our church. I feel sorry that so many patriotic men and women have been deceived to put their lives and the lives of others at risk in violent conflicts to protect the egos of some blood-thirsty politicians. Let’s also put up pictures of our teachers and medical workers as people who make important contributions to our society. Those jobs are not without serious risks too.

How might you celebrate an alternate Veterans Day?

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10 Responses to "Alternate Veterans Day, 11/11"

You gave me some new thoughts to ponder. Rita

Just because the Bible doesn’t include wounded soldiers to be taken care of. along with widows, orphans, prisoners doesn’t mean we can’t give them the same compassion. This is a big problem with people who translate the Bible literally. I don’t believe in war but I do believe that those who have served, been wounded and died in wars should be honored for their sacrifice. My father died in WWII, I was 2 years old and my mother was pregnant at the time of his death. Let us be more compassionate in our understanding of the effects of war on all soldiers.

The following is an essay that my 14 year old grand daughter read in front of her entire school today. Title: “The Ultimate Sacrifice”.

What is sacrifice? Some say the ultimate sacrifice is a life, but that’s not always the case, sacrifice is something that gets taken and is never given back.

Imagine having a wife with a baby on the way then you leave for 3 years to fight for our country and when you come back your child is already walking around,. Imagine coming back as a completely changed person because of the things you saw. Imagine how many honored soldier’s miss out on their precious family memories.

If these people did something so courageous and amazing for our country why do they have to pay such a life altering price? This question is one many have asked and may never get the answer to. But for our hero’s the answer is to genuinely to help our country. They lost time with their children to give us time to spend with ours, they lost hours and hours of sleep so we can sleep safely. they make these ultimate sacrifices just so we don’t have to.

Yes, Jackie, vets deserve our compassion, though we may express it differently. I urge people to resist armed conflict, despite some politicians’ need to appear “strong” or be “#1.”

I just would like to say in answer to your myopic vision of our government and those who serve in our military and who have served; I hope you enjoy the freedom you have to choose to do what you want to do today.

Yes, I enjoy freedom immensely. It has nothing to do with U.S. military conflict outside our borders during my lifetime.

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