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Friday, November 11, 2005

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day was begun in remembrance of Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, at the close of WWI. The VA lists just eight veterans currently receiving benefits, and estimates no more than a few dozen others may be alive today, out of more than 2 million Americans who fought in the war.

Just wanted to take a moment to thank all the veterans, who do their jobs regardless of the person residing in the Commander in Chief chair, regardless of the risk to their lives and limbs. For those who stand up and stay true to "duty, honor, country," I thank you.

Our local Democratic Women's group just sent several care packages overseas to personnel who aren't receiving much mail from family and friends. If you are interested in doing something with a local group of your own -- or just on your own -- take a peek at AnySoldier. It's a great resource for helping some folks who are serving far away, and who could use a boost around the holidays especially.

What have conservatives done recently for veterans? Read on -- Think Progress has the sad truth of this year's Veteran's Day present to disabled vets.

(Photo credit to Damir Sagolij/Reuters. This photo was too poignant, had to use it this morning. Well done.)

UPDATE: Another article from the WaPo about a 22 year old veteran trying to start over after serving in the Marines in Iraq. Great piece.