It’s Veterans Day

It’s Veterans Day

World War I formally ended on November 11, 1918 at the 11th hour.  Hence we celebrate Veterans Day on the 11th day of the 11th month of each year.  Once a year some of us recognize our nation’s veterans by taking the day off, but more and more, it’s just a normal day.  Schools no longer take a day off; most businesses advertise annual sales; and children often pass the day finishing off Halloween candy and looking forward to pumpkin pie and candy canes.

Here at JoVerity, we honor verterns, not just today, but everyday.  This honor should cut through any partisan or political belief.  No matter what your belief system, our veterans have done the difficult work of learning to fight and protect.

The following quote, attributed to George Orwell, comes to mind on Veterans Day:

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men [and women] stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

THANK YOU VETERANS FOR YOUR SELFLESS SERVICE.  THANK YOU SPOUSES OF VETERANS FOR LENDING US YOU HUSBAND OR WIFE.  THANK YOU CHILDREN FOR LETTING YOUR MOM OR DAD GO FOR AWHILE.  THANK YOU MOMS AND DADS FOR FOR SENDING YOUR CHILDREN OFF TO FIGHT FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE.  THANK YOU MOMS AND DADS FOR RAISING SONS AND DAUGHTERS WILLING TO REPRESENT THE MIGHTY MILITARY FORCE OF THE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Now, just a thought or two . . .

There are nearly 22 million veterans.

The Veterans Administration budget for 2015 was $168 billion.

The federal government is not taking care of our veterans in need.  Many, perhaps most, veterans come home, go to school, get jobs, raise families and plan for retirement.  But, far too often, we recognize that many homeless are actually veterans.  Far too often, our veterans are kept from necessary medical treatment because of such long waits at the VA medical centers.  Far too often we hear of and see the third-world conditions in our VA Hospitals.

And the VA still gave out $142 million in bonuses last year.

A once-a-year honor is not enough.  In fact, it is 364 days fewer than what we should be doing, especially for those veterans with physical and mental ailments caused by their time in service to this nation.

So, for $168 billion, what are out veterans getting?  Not what they deserve.

As in so many other cases, the government is not doing its job.  It falls on us, family, friends and neighbors of veterans, to uplift and support them.  If you see a problem, help a veteran.  EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Don’t just thank them once a year.

But, for today – Happy Veterans Day.  Thank you vets.

Thank You For Your Service Soldier, But . . .

Thank You For Your Service Soldier, But . . .

But pay up, or we’ll find another sponsor!

A recent Los Angeles Times article has brought to light what may be one of the most hypocritical business practices conducted by professional sports in recent years, ranking higher even than DeflateGate.

According to the LA Times, a Senate oversight committee report released Wednesday outlines how the Pentagon spends millions of dollars per year on sports marketing contracts.  Have you ever attended a professional sporting event where a soldier made a surprise visit to his family, or where a wounded warrior was honored for her service, or where a group of sailors was sworn into service?

Well, what do you know?  Apparently those sports franchises aren’t so patriotic after all.  They’re being paid by the Pentagon and the National Guard of various states to look patriotic.  Yes, the military is paying for public tributes.

The LA Times states:

“In recent years, on-field flag rollouts and other ceremonies saluting military personnel have become commonplace at National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer games around the country. The majority of the contracts analyzed in the report — 72 of 122 — showed that the Department of Defense paid for the tributes that included national anthem performances, ceremonial first pitches, puck drops, color guard presentations and enlistment ceremonies.”

Apparently the Pentagon has not been fully cooperative with the oversight committee in releasing documents requested by the committee.  Said Senator Jeff Flake (R) of Arizona, “[i]t’s like pulling teeth,” to get the military’s cooperation.

NJ.com reported earlier this year that the National Guard “paid NFL teams $5.6 million in 2013 and 2014. This year, the Guard is spending $4.1 million on advertising through sporting events. That includes $1.2 million in payments to NFL teams. The Super Bowl-champion Patriots got the most at $225,000, with the Indianopolis Colts ($200,000) and Miami Dolphins ($160,000) close behind.”

So, do these professional sport franchises have any patriotism at all or is it all about the money?  Don’t you pay enough to see the million-dollar players on your favorite soccer, baseball, football, basketball or hockey teams battle it out for a pennant, ring or a cup?  Do they really need additional taxpayer funds to honor those whose selfless service allows them to be overpaid to play a game?

Is it appropriate for the Pentagon to spend money, ostensibly as a marketing tool, to make “Big Sports” look like patriots?

No, it is not.  Again – No, it is not.  Once again, and even louder – NO, IT IS NOT!  If New England Patriots are getting paid to honor the true patriots and heroes of this nation, they should change their name.  New England Deflators.  Yeah, that’s the ticket.  They are not patriots, but leeches seeking to suck every last penny they can out of whomever and whatever they can.  If the Indianapolis Colts join in, they could change their name to the Indianapolis Dolts.  The football team in Miami could also join in the name-changing fun and become the Miami Carp.  They should use names that actually describe their business practices!

Shame on professional sports.  Shame on the Pentagon.  Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coasties deserve better. 

Let’s show our military and our veterans what true honor is this coming Veterans Day.  Find a veteran, or someone on active duty.  Give a hug, a handshake, a kiss, a salute, a thank you.  And, whatever you do, do not ask them to pay you for the honor of being honored.

And then, go call your Senator and Member of Congress and tell them to stop funding such ludicrous and outlandish expenses.

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