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  •  Vet-friendly means friendly to the people (6+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, 4Freedom, OIL GUY, Avilyn, Onomastic, llbear

    not to the policies. As in Support the Troops, not the NeoCons or the worse than useless wars, most notably Iraq. We can debate whether Libya worked as intended, or at all. We can debate how much the Bushies, or for that matter, Carter and Brzezinski and then Reagan before them, messed up Afghanistan. We Progressives cannot debate that those Americans who went to war willingly or unwillingly have earned certain benefits.

    In this case, support and treatment for PTSD. Also disability and the rest of their VA benefits, without having to wait a year just to have the existence of their applications confirmed. Also education. Also suicide and homelessness prevention. Also being willing to hire vets without turning it into knee-jerk pseudo-patriotism.

    I talk to vets coming through Camp Atterbury in Indiana at every chance I get, whether I meet them in the stores, or at the clinic where some go for PTSD in Columbus IN. Maybe I will express a political opinion about the wars, or Rush Limbaugh's presence on Armed Forces Radio, if they are open to it. I always express support for them personally, and disgust at Republican hypocrisy on pretending to support them.

    You can also see how it should be done in The Sandbox, Doonesbury's Milblog, on the Doonesbury comics page at Slate. Trudeau is totally supportive of active-duty servicepeople and vets, and unmatched at flaying warmongers.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 11:19:55 PM PDT

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