Veteran’s Day has been a conundrum for me in recent years. How do you show support for our current veterans during a war I so vehemently oppose? People often call you a hypocrite. I often say back that the world is not black and white.
So, today, I was planning to urge us all to partake in a Christmas card campaign that has been circulating the Net. Where you just send one extra card to a “Recovering Soldier At Walter Reed Hospital.” I thought it was an absolutely lovely (and easy!) way to thank our veterans. But, just to be sure, I did a last minute Snopes check, and guess what! Walter Reed cannot accept any cards that are not addressed to specific soldiers. Doh! There goes that plan.
Maybe we should all just send George Bush that extra Christmas card instead – “thanking” him for all the terrible things he has done in the last 7 years, like putting all these honorable men and women in danger for questionable motives.
All kidding aside, on this Veteran’s Day, I would urge you to think about adding a small care package for a soldier or a veteran to your holiday list this year. Because these are the people who are on the ground right now making the difference, the people who are seen and heard. The people who prove that Americans *are* good and strong and true.
I have a friend whose husband who was in combat and several of us organized Operation Dave, where we alternated sending him soldier boxes till he finally came home from the sandbox. It really didn’t take much time or money (because it’s not like you can send much anyway, ha!) and it really was fun.
And if you don’t have any friends with soldiers abroad, as stated in the Snopes article, the Red Cross can help you get it to someone who needs it at Walter Reed.
Happy Veteran’s Day. Thank you all.
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