Taking Care of Our Vets

How we treat our veterans says a lot about America's character. These days, it isn't pretty

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A member of the Disabled American Veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C..

Etched onto the wall of a sentry box in Gibraltar is an unsigned indictment from an unknown soldier. You imagine him there many wars ago, keeping watch and weighing his prospects for a normal life.

God and the soldier, all men adore In time of danger and not before. When the danger is passed and all things righted, God is forgotten, and the soldier slighted.

President Kennedy quoted the verse in 1962 to the men of the Army's 1st Armored Division, who had been secretly moved into position during the Cuban missile crisis. "This country does not forget God or the...

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