Great. Thanks for saying "thank you".
For all of your thanks my knees still hurt, so does my shoulder and my back. So do the injuries of countless other veterans.
You're welcome to for my pain. Really.
While you pat yourself on the back today, feeling good about yourselves for thanking the veterans that you see during the day, remember this: Thousands of veterans are homeless. Thousands of veterans need medical care for injuries or wounds that they sustained while serving, and won't get it from Uncle Sam.
On this day, you might want to remember that hundreds of thousands of our veterans were used in atomic experiments. You might also remember that hundreds of thousands of veterans were exposed to chemicals like Agent Orange and other defoliants. You might also remember that hundreds of thousands of veterans were given unproven "anti nerve-gas" drugs while serving in combat zones... or have been exposed to depleted uranium, or have been exposed to nerve agents.
You might want to remember those things... and after you say "Happy Veterans Day" to the veterans that you know... call your Congressional Representatives, and tell them that they MUST do a better job.
Does it sound like I am bitter? Perhaps. Sorry if that harshes your mellow.