One way to change this dynamic might be to emulate the Israelis and mandate national service (with a military or combat option). We could also emulate the Nepalese and try to have communities better integrate people of different ethnic and religious groups. Finally, we could emulate many tribal societies—including the Apache—by getting rid of parades and replacing them with some form of homecoming ceremony. An almost universal component of these ceremonies is the dramatic retelling of combat experiences to the warrior’s community. We could achieve that on Veterans Day by making every town and city hall in the country available to veterans who want to speak publicly about the war. The vapid phrase “I support the troops” would then mean actually showing up at your town hall every Veterans Day to hear these people out. Some vets will be angry, some will be proud, and some will be crying so hard they can’t speak. But a community ceremony like that would finally return the experience of war to our entire nation, rather than just leaving it to the people who fought.
It might also begin to re-assemble a society that has been spiritually cannibalizing itself for generations. We keep wondering how to save the vets, but the real question is how to save ourselves. If we do that, the vets will be fine. If we don’t, it won’t matter anyway.
Board I did for @vetart_ as a thank you for all you do for the Veterans and their families every Tuesday night! Our art work is displayed all through out the house. We have a great time (ok maybe not when we are all 6 inches away from each other and not allowed to move for about 40 min.). Thank you again!! VETART class in Yuma Az.
A Vietnam veteran and daughter of a Vietnamese soldier are running a photo contest for military members. The statewide patriotic art contest is open to veterans and active duty military of all branches.
The contest is organized by Torch 1975, a Capistrano Beach-based nonprofit that supports veterans and their families and fosters patriotism.