Editorial…A veteran is not a thing of the pastSenator Amy Klobuchar’s team was in town this week to pitch the valuable resources available to our county’s veterans.
Senator Amy Klobuchar’s team was in town this week to pitch the valuable resources available to our county’s veterans. It was a nice gesture to make, especially on the week leading up to Memorial Day. After all, there were other, bigger things that might have occupied the senator’s staff time — the national debates over gun control and immigration, the continuing threat of flooding and other disasters, gas prices that are soaring out the roof....
It was impressive to see that our veterans ranked right up there near the top of the senator’s list, and Klobuchar should be applauded for affording them the dignity of telling them so through her offer of help and support.
Taking care of our veterans is something that will never grow outdated — nor should it. As the veterans from World War II die off in record numbers, they are rapidly replaced by veterans of newer, more controversial, wars. Though the casualties of today’s conflicts may not add up quite the same on paper, they are real nonetheless as countless many suffer lifelong disabilities from improvised explosive devices, the devastation of job loss and/or divorce, and/or the crippling effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Those back on the home front find themselves in need of medical care, family counseling or vocational guidance in moving forward with their lives. Even those veterans who never travelled overseas, or never saw combat action, or were never parted from their families had to put their lives on hold nonetheless: for two years, or four years or one weekend a month for the better part of a lifetime.
There were sacrifices made that the rest of us will never know about or fully understand. The fact remains that what they did was something they did for all of us, and now they deserve to get something in return. It was a timely and generous gesture that was made here on Tuesday when Senator Klobuchar’s team came to the veterans themselves to offer support. Sadly, too few were notified about the session, or at least in adequate time to make plans to attend. Access to Congressional politicians comes too seldom and too far between, and it would be helpful if, in the future, a more concerted effort is made in getting the word out.
Extending a hand of help is a fitting gesture toward those veterans who are still alive today — in tribute to the freedoms won by those who have gone on before them.