I had the opportunity to run into a recently returned veteran while visiting a production set in the city. The producer introduced the ex soldier to us as a veteran of war, and the soldier said, “If you even like veterans”.
For thousands of year’s nations, countries, families, neighbors have gone to war over many different things. But none the less, when the battle lines are drawn, soldiers are necessary. So how can we condemn the men and women who have fought to protect the same society that created their role?
What it seems to me is that we are against the war, not against the soldiers.
Another thing we have a tendency to forget about is the post traumatic stress disorder that can occur when our veterans return home from war.
Seeing into the darkest corners of humanity we can only imagine would take a toll on a person. Not to mention that many of these soldiers now struggle with worries when reflecting their actions against their own morality.
Then there are the families of these brave men and women. Who are veterans of war in their own way. In the heart of the newly married wife of the Marine, the mother of the soldier recently deployed to Afghanistan, the daughter of the Vietnam Veteran.
So I am suggesting this day, be not about celebration, but about respect, honor, remembrance, and most importantly healing.
Share this Veterans Day, your appreciation for all of the veterans, your understanding, your acceptance, your forgiveness, your respect and most importantly the honor that they deserve.
In the same way that Los Angeles can get a bad rap from outsiders as a city that is nothing more then traffic and smog, we all know the difference. We can see the light and the beauty that lives in this city, the same light that lives inside the hearts of everyone including our veterans.
Show them love!
Here’s my suggestion for a great way to go share, heal, and embrace Veterans Day
Tonight – 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Culver City. U.S. Veterans’ Artists Alliance will host a free book-reading featuring works by veterans and read by veterans.
At Pete Valdez AMVETS Post 2, 10858 Culver Blvd.
If you are a veteran who is suffering from PTSD
And you need immediate assistant contact
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day
# 800-273-TALK (8255); veterans should press “1’’ after being connected.
For more vet services visit
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Sources: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Sentinel