More on Veterans Day:
Someone alerted me to the good work that Survivor Corps is doing for Vets.
This letter from Iraq Veteran Paul Hackett came to me in the mail on Veterans Day, and I thought it worth reprinting:
Ninety years ago today, the Great World War came to an end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. A few years later, we began celebrating Armistice Day, which for the last 55 years has been expanded to be known as Veterans Day. This is the day I celebrate all of the Veterans who came before me.
One such Veteran is my good friend, Max Cleland. Winner of the Silver Star and the Bronze Star, Cleland served with great distinction in Vietnam and in our United States Senate. When running for re-election in 2002, Republican Saxby Chambliss attacked Senator Cleland with ads using the picture of Osama Bin Laden to attack the patriotism of a war hero who left three limbs on the battle field. Now, Saxby Chambliss is facing the voters in a runoff in Georgia.
As we take this day to remember our Veterans, we also need to remember the injustice suffered by Senator Cleland six years ago by Republican Saxby Chambliss who himself received five deferrements during the war when Veteran Max Cleland gave so much for our country.
On December 2, Georgia voters have a choice between Republican Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin. On this Veterans Day the choice between the Republican who ran what might be the sleaziest political ad of all time and Democratic Veteran Jim Martin could not be clearer. Jim Martin needs your help.
As you can expect, the Republican Party is pulling out all of the stops to hold on to this Georgia senate seat, which could very well push Democrats to 60 votes in the US Senate. John McCain and Sarah Palin are raising big dollars for Chambliss despite his disgraceful history. That is why your support is so important, together people from all fifty states standing up against sliming Veterans can be a powerful force against DC special interests.
Iraq, Marine combat veteran”