[UPDATED: second link fixed.] I’m just going to refer readers today to this post about Arlington West, from Memorial Day 2011. Not because I am lazy, mind you — although I most certainly am — but because I think it illustrates something important about our wars and occupations that our political and media narratives rarely do.
And to this post from Veterans Day 2011, which details the staggering levels of disability, joblessness, mental illness, suicide, homelessness and domestic violence facing our veterans — and what you can do about it. I wrote:
Regardless of what we may think of the U.S.’s endless wars and occupations, these men and women have made unfathomable sacrifices in an effort to do right by us, and they deserve all of the respect, care and support we can give them.