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Fight “Delay, Deny, Wait Till I Die” this Memorial Day

May 27, 2013 8 comments

Support Our Troops and Veterans

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It may be the unofficial start to summer, but this day has more meaning. Don’t just celebrate Memorial Day, support our Troops and Veterans who have fought for our country. There are many issues that need our attention, but this Memorial Day’s post focuses on two incredibly pressing concerns.

Delay, deny, wait till I die.” I was stunned to hear this statement from one of our Veterans. The phrase has become a rallying cry about Veterans’ benefits. It’s a sad state of affairs when Veterans who put their lives on the line for our country are not taken care of when they return home. If we can pay for a war, then we can pay to support our Veterans. Case in point: The Department of Veteran Affairs approved one WWII Veteran’s pension benefits three months after his death. We need to help “End the VA Backlog.”

Another ugly reality concerns rape. At this time, it is apparent that this issue has gone unacknowledged for far too long. We need to protect our women and men from those who have no right to be in our military. These rapists not only dishonor our courageous Troops, but the system makes the victim pay for the crime. Please support our Troops by signing and sharing these petitions to our Congress and to our President.

So don’t just celebrate Memorial Day, get involved. Contact your elected officials. Ask them how they’re supporting our Troops and our Veterans. If they can’t tell you, then tell them that our Troops and Veterans are entitled to their benefits, jobs, healthcare and to know that those in our military who do harm to our Troops will be held accountable.

For information regarding organizations that help our Troops and Veterans, please review these blog posts and their comments from earlier Memorial Days: Thanks is Not Enough; Help Support Our Troops and Veterans and Thanking and Serving Those Who Serve.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John Fitzgerald Kennedy