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Never was So Much Owed By So Many to So Few (November 10th, 2023)

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Happy Veterans Day, everybody. Tomorrow, we honor those who have served, who when they took the oath wrote an open-ended check up to and including their lives to defend this nation and its ideals.  We should honor them every day, not just once a year, because their commitment was for every day, not just once a year. To quote Winston Churchill, "Never was so much owed by so many to so few." 

Did you ever stop and think about how many charities like Wounded Warriers, Paralyzed Veterans, VFW, Vietnam Veterans for America, and so many more, are operating in the private space for the benefit of veterans, and in many cases they are the literal salvation for those who are down on their luck? They are filling the gap and providing the backstop that our government refuses to.   

Our federal government literally takes these people, uses up the best years of their lives, destroys them physically and in many cases mentally and emotionally, then sends them out on the streets broken to fend for themselves when they are incapable of doing so through no fault of their own. Just look at every major intersection or expressway exit in central Florida and you'll see them, and in the homeless camps in what remaining wooded areas we still have. Just another broken covenant by the government, but are you surprised? How about disgusted?

The same government that uses, abuses, and often kills these patriots has no use for the weakest of them once their service is done, which is incredibly cruel. Our government has money for illegal aliens, for Ukraine, for seemingly every third world tinpot dictator who hates our guts worldwide, for every lobbyist, for every donor, for every aggrieved victimhood group whether real or perceived, but not for those who gave a blood vow to our nation in their time of greatest need.  

These veterans should be our first priority, because it will make us safer, our society more compassionate, more Godly, healthier, more productive, and it is just simply the right thing to do. 

I was blessed to become an adult in a period of relative peace, literally in between wars, and therefore was not subject to the draft. My dad and 4 out of 5 of my uncles were not so lucky.

They didn't have a choice. They were all, except one, conscripted and served in World War 2. One of my uncles was killed in action over Germany and is buried in France. I am named in part after him. Their sacrifices, their love of country, their backbone, their commitment to the American ideal made it possible for me to live a life they could only dream about, you might call it the American dream. I suspect many of you can say the same thing. We are, and continue to be, blessed mightily.

So instead of wishing you a happy Veteran's Day tomorrow,  I say let's make every day Veteran's Day, because they are truly the best we have to offer and they deserve no less, by making the worst we have to offer, our federal politicians, do right by them. After all, they are where they are because of veterans too.

As President John F. Kennedy said regarding our veterans, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

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