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Veterans are your brothers and sisters, your mothers and fathers and sons and daughters and grandparents. Veterans have put their lives on the line time and time again in service to their country.
It is the responsibility of the leadership of the country to use the military appropriately. If you don't agree with the military action in Iraq or Afghanistan or any number of others, remember to blame the appropriate people -- those who sent them there and not those who served there.
Veterans are not Holy Saints nor are they demons. They are people like you and me with one difference from non-veterans: they gave up part of their lives in service to their country. The GI Bill, the College Fund, and all those bennies are not, in themselves, worth going through what many veterans go through. Even in peacetime, it can be a tough gig.
So, today, on Veterans' Day, I'd just like to say a simple word: Remember. Remember the humanity of our veterans. Remember that they are part of our family, perhaps literally. And remember to honor them for their service and their willingness to serve.