Weekly Digest: Continuing the Fight this Veterans Day
Happy Veterans Day, everyone! As a way to celebrate the monumental service that millions of our U.S. military veterans have given, we are focusing this week’s roundup on keeping the fight alive. Whether these may be for honoring female veterans, legalization of progressive medical treatments, or having access to long term care insurance information, today’s veterans need all the support they can get from their fellow countrymen in their personal battles. After all, these individuals deserve the best for everything they did for the country.
Why We Celebrate Veterans Day
Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr’s post for the The Daily Signal is a good reminder on why we celebrate this special holiday. More than being a day off from work and school, Spoehr discusses in detail how Veterans Day came to be. A salute is definitely in order for this article!
American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars to honor female veterans
According to Jeff Landa’s report for the Los Angeles Times, two military posts have taken the stand to make sure that female veterans are given the spotlight during Veterans Day. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1614 and the American Legion Post 288 have made arrangements to have a grand celebration at Two Strike Park in La Crescenta. According to the two groups, female veterans need to be recognized more for their contributions.
Veterans Day: Texas Vets Fight for Medical Cannabis Legalization
Some Texan veterans are in the fight of their lives, as reported by Katie Matlack for Leafly. Possession of medical cannabis in the state is considered a crime. To push for legalization, a group of Texan veterans has started Operation Trapped. The said operation involves placing toy soldiers in pill bottles, which would then be presented at the Texas State Capitol. According to the group, the toy soldiers are a representation of them being trapped by the strict medical laws in the state.
Pushing for New Meaning on Veterans Day: A Call for Unity
Joe Jenkins’ blog post for Human Rights First brings to light a new perspective on how we should view Veterans Day. The same level of emphasis on commemorating the many sacrifices veterans did should also be applied to uniting the country. As Jenkins’ says, “Our ideals about liberty and justice make us a beacon to the world. Our united, unwavering commitment to these ideals keeps us free. We are one nation, indivisible.”
We Need to Redefine November 11, Veterans Day, as a Day of Peace
Philip Gerard brings to the table another form of battle when it comes to Veterans Day: a message of peace. In the History News Network article, Gerard discusses how Veterans Day’s message was distorted through the years. By summarizing how Veterans Day started, Gerard hopes to remind people that a commitment to peace is the best way to commemorate this holiday.
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