(On Thursday we honored) veterans who've served their country, protected its freedoms, given their lives.

One day cannot do justice to the debt we owe.

We likely encounter veterans every day, on the street, in the shops, or just relaxing at the pub. We would do well to remember their sacrifices every day of the year, not just one.

They have served, but they continue to suffer, sometimes decades after they've ended their service.

A World War II veteran called The Free Press office this year, wondering why so many people buy products from an enemy that nearly killed him and inflicted atrocities on innocents decades ago.

There's not an easy answer except that the world moves on, perhaps too quickly, for all of us.

Yet, today we have national budget cutters calling for reductions in VA spending despite the growing number of war wounded, and state budget cutters leave veterans without a health care safety net when they're homeless and destitute. ...

The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.

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