We must speak up for our vets

My wife and I attended the Mariner’s game on Memorial Day and there were some very touching tributes to our veterans who are serving or have served, including those who sacrificed their lives to defend our freedoms. Especially poignant was the honoring of our local World War II vets, many who are in their nineties, who, while diminishing in numbers, showed such wonderful spirit and pride. I found myself with tears in my eyes more than once.

Something else that brings tears to my eyes is the shameful way we are treating (or not treating) our vets at our VA hospitals and treatment centers. These wonderful men and women who have sacrificed so much for us and this nation deserve the very best that we can offer in the way of treatment and care and support. And yet we have President Obama, our Commander in Chief, who is totally detached from the whole scandal. After waiting weeks to respond he finally responds with the way he has responded to all of the scandals that have plagued his administration. “I’m gonna get to the bottom of this!” He will blame Republicans and the right for “phony scandals” even though he was aware of these problems before he even took office as president. Obama has been accused by some of having an inward disdain for the military in spite of his rhetoric and outward appearance. I really wonder if this is true. Every patriotic American no matter what their political philosophies should be outraged at this situation.

This is a scandal that makes Watergate look like a minor incident in our nation’s history. Now President Obama would never resign over this and the only way he will hold anyone accountable will be if he is forced to by caring Americans. Let your voice be heard! We must speak for these brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for us, many of whom are unable to speak for themselves. God bless America!

Mike Shouse


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