Evergreene Digest: Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops?

  • There is no question that we should honor people who fight for justice and liberty. Many veterans enlisted in the military thinking that they were indeed serving a noble cause, and it’s no lie to say that they fought with valor for their brothers and sisters to their left and right. Unfortunately, if you really want to talk about “awareness raising,” it’s years past the time when anyone here should be able to pretend that our 18-year-olds are going off to kill and die for good reason.
  • Stop thanking the troops for me: No, they don’t “protect our freedoms!”
  • Screwing Our Vets Is an American Tradition

Rory Fanning, Nation


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October 27, 2014 | Last week, in a quiet indie bookstore on the north side of Chicago, I saw the latest issue of Rolling Stone resting on a chrome-colored plastic table a few feet from a barista brewing a vanilla latte. A cold October rain fell outside. A friend of mine grabbed the issue and began flipping through it. Knowing that I was a veteran, he said, “Hey, did you see this?” pointing to a news story that seemed more like an ad. It read in part:

This Veterans Day, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna, Dave Grohl and, Metallica will be among numerous artists who will head to the National Mall in Washington D.C. on November 11th for ‘The Concert For Valor,’ an all-star event that will pay tribute to armed services.

Rory Fanning walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008–2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. He is a housing activist living in Chicago, Illinois.

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Related:

Stop thanking the troops for me: No, they don’t “protect our freedoms!”, Justin Doolittle, Salon

  • Why is pro sports constantly jamming military fervor down our throats? Their claims are wrong in more ways than one.
  • Selective Memory of Our Quagmire-Prone History

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Screwing Our Vets Is an American Tradition, Richard Zombeck, Huffington Post 

  • Even prisoners of war are afforded a modicum of civility, dignity, and human rights under the Geneva Convention. Is it so unreasonable that we ask people who are housing our veterans to treat them with at least the same respect, rather than using them as cash cows and bilking the system for nearly $1 million a year in the process?
  • 100 Years of Homeless Veterans
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