I explain at some length here.
It starts thusly:
At a conference in Colorado earlier this week on defense and foreign-policy issues — a conference sponsored by the Heritage Foundation and the El Pomar Foundation — there was plenty of food for thought on a host of topics. But as we move into Thanksgiving, I’ll focus here on how we should give thanks — and more than thanks, give the right sort of assistance — to those, less than 1 percent of the population, who wear this nation’s colors while bearing arms to protect us.
One of the most galvanizing speakers at the conference was Col. David W. Sutherland (Ret.), former special assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and now a full-time advocate for service personnel and veterans.
“We’re not victims,” he said. “We’re veterans. We don’t need pity; we need opportunity.”
But there’s lots more. Please read, and give a hand up and some friendship to a veteran today. And Happy Thanksgiving.