We should turn our attention to remembering those young men and women who did not come home from war. This is a time to ascribe meaning to their brief lives and ask ourselves honestly if our republic remains worthy of their sacrifice.
Unfortunately, we have to ask some tough questions about the Department of Veterans Affairs and what its current suite of failures means for our nation.
To begin, we must confess that our government has rarely kept its promise to veterans. From the near mutiny squelched by George Washington at Newburgh to the most recent budget agreement reducing pensions to the VA health care crisis, the gap between promise and reality has often been large. This is as much due to unrealistic promises as to the infidelity of Congress and the president.
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