Veterans Day is rightly a national holiday, and is rightly celebrated with events around our area and the entire national.

Those who made the commitment to serve their nation deserve the recognition offered on Veterans Day. They deserve more than just lip service, though. They deserve the commitment of the their nation in return for their service.

Unfortunately, that commitment can be lacking.

Just this week, David Shulkin, the Veterans Affairs secretary, admitted that the process for veterans to obtain benefits is “adversarial.”

And even if benefits are approved, reports this year have come out that indicate some VA clinics vastly understate the time veterans need to wait to receive care.

This is not the deal we made with the men and women who served.

Veterans face myriad problems already, from an epidemic of suicide to higher levels of homelessness and substance abuse.

For veterans to also deal with ongoing bureaucratic obstructions when seeking care is a slap in the face.

It is time for the general public to support veterans issues on more than just one day and with more than just words.

Organizations like Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars all advocate for veterans in different capacities. By volunteering or donating to those groups, people can support their mission.

Our Congressional delegation has a good record when it comes to supporting veterans. People can ensure that continues by writing or calling when an issue affecting veterans comes up.

On Saturday, observe Veterans Day, but when Sunday and Monday come, please do not forget their service.

 

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