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Things You Should Do This Veterans Day

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In the days leading up to today, Veterans Day, I have read a lot of criticism of how the United States “supports” their troops.

This from Arianna Huffington:

Do you have anything special planned for Veterans Day? Did you even realize that [today] is Veterans Day?

Sadly, in much the same way that the wars we are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq have been pushed to the periphery of our national conversation, the day set aside to honor America’s veterans usually gets short shrift.

Despite all the lip service paid by politicians and pundits to supporting our troops, the needs and struggles of those returning home are rarely in the spotlight.

This from Bob Herbert:

The idea that the United States is at war and hardly any of its citizens are paying attention to the terrible burden being shouldered by its men and women in uniform is beyond appalling.

We can get fired up about Lady Gaga and the Tea Party crackpots. We’re into fantasy football, the baseball playoffs and our obsessively narcissistic tweets. But American soldiers fighting and dying in a foreign land? That is such a yawn.

You can’t help but at least partially agree with some of these sentiments. If you were to ask me, “Do you think Americans — the government and citizens alike — could be doing more to support our troops?” My answer would be “yes.”

But let’s make an effort to change all that.

If you have the means to give financially, there are countless organizations and programs that you can donate money to which will go to help support our soldiers. If you’re interested, be sure to check out “Salute to Service.”

Just because you donate any money doesn’t mean you can’t support our troops. The USO is running an initiative called “Thanks From Everywhere” — I mentioned it in last night’s blog post. All you have to do is simply type in your message of support which will be sent to our troops overseas.

And even if you don’t want to send a message, just remember not to forget about our soldiers; don’t forget that our servicemen and servicewoman are overseas in some very unfavorable conditions; don’t lose sight that these men and woman will be away from their families this holiday season.

Let’s all try and do as much as we can, whenever we can (not just on Veterans Day) to remember the service and sacrifice of our troops, past and present.

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Written by traumalines

November 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

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