A blue-ribbon commission is set to recommend that private health companies take over from the federally-run VA. Yet no one has asked veterans what they think.
There has been a continuing struggle to honor veterans not only on this holiday, but all year round.
Protest activity against the convention and Bush's re-nomination included a broad range of marches, rallies, performances, demonstrations, exhibits, and acts of civil disobedience.
During the Great Depression, the "Bonus Expeditionary Force," a group of World War I veterans seeking to cash in their veterans' bonus certificates, arrived in D.C.
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
"While Congress has spent billions on wars and conflicts over the past few years, not enough has been spent to care for service members returning from them."
It's hurting our communities, said demonstrators in downtown Detroit protesting the tea party led government shutdown.
"Repeal the job-killing sequester," Richard Trumka declared. "Protect food aid for the poor. And create jobs and raise hundreds of billions of dollars to invest in our future by ending tax subsidies for outsourcing."
President Barack Obama called for a more robust national discussion on mental illness, saying the time had come to bring the issue "out of the shadows."
Veterans of the Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars gathered last Saturday at a local New York Area Veterans for Peace conference.