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Our View: Let’s embrace and support returning vets

Posted: November 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Today is Veterans Day. It’s one of the few times a year we take some time to honor those who make the biggest of sacrifices for this country and its citizens to preserve the liberties that we all hold sacred and often take for granted.

With the war in Iraq coming to a close and troops coming home after nearly a decade of conflict, this Veterans Day takes on special significance and our returning servicemen and women deserve our utmost support and respect.

As heartfelt and endearing as the pageantry might be, our returning troops need more than a parade. They need open seats in college classrooms to further their educations. They need jobs to put roofs over their heads and food on their tables. They need medical care for physical and emotional wounds suffered in the line of duty.

They need us now like we’ve needed them for the last 10 years.

One such showing of society responding was the recent event by the Santa Clarita Valley Homes for Heroes, an affiliate of the national Habitat for Humanity, which made improvements and modifications to the home of a local injured veteran.

The outpouring of support from local businesses and community volunteers for the project was so large that some of the workers went to work on a neighbor’s house.

And that’s exactly what our veterans need, and what they deserve from their communities after sacrificing so much for so long.

We encourage every person, business and organization to step up to the plate to do all they can to help our returning veterans in any way possible. Collective efforts are what define a community in which people want to live.


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