War Destroys Lives: Veterans Deserve Better
Veterans, we salute your service,
Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team
“How many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’til he knows
That too many people have died?”—Bob Dylan, 1962
We pause today to honor those who have served in the defense of our nation at home and abroad, grateful for the recent end of operations in Afghanistan but concerned for the physical and emotional damage to a generation of young soldiers, as well as for the safety of Afghans left behind during our hasty retreat.
Our military veterans offered their lives and mental and physical health in service to the nation, and the nation has let too many down—from healthcare to home and food insecurity to the need for lifelong support. We need to care for our veterans, and follow through on promises made to them. Even more, our leaders need to consider the human, societal, and environmental costs of war before embarking on future military action.
PDA honors our veterans by working for peace, advocating for domestic policies that uplift and empower all Americans, and preserving the democratic principles and processes at the foundation of our system of government.
Voting rights are fundamental to that system, and we ask that you honor every veteran by participating in a voting rights rally near you between now and the end of day Saturday, November 13th. Let us know if you’re interested in joining one and we’ll connect you with an event.