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OPINION: Don’t Thank Veterans on Memorial Day, Join Them in Honoring the Fallen

by Peter Sessum


This is one of those things that drives veterans crazy, admittedly some take it too far. Civilians don’t see why it matters and while they don’t intend to offend, some do not fully grasp why thanking veterans on Memorial Day bothers most of us so much. I tell people it is like wishing me a happy birthday on my dead brother’s birthday. Continue reading OPINION: Don’t Thank Veterans on Memorial Day, Join Them in Honoring the Fallen

Homeless Veterans Create Community Together on Beacon Hill

by Will Sweger 

The first homeless encampment I visited was in Iraq along a tributary of the Tigris River. My platoon was conducting a census of squatters living outside company housing for a nearby oil-processing facility.

The camps make for fertile recruiting grounds for people willing to perform a variety of tasks associated with insurgency. You could make quick cash digging a hole in a road for someone else to come along and slip a homemade bomb into. Continue reading Homeless Veterans Create Community Together on Beacon Hill

Remembering Vietnam, 50 Years Later: One Dentist’s Story

by Fred Quarnstrom, D.D.S.

It is Veterans Day again and is the 50th anniversary year of my time in Vietnam.

I joined the Naval Reserves while in dental school in 1960. I would have a job the day I graduated. I could use the officer’s club where drinks were a quarter and it was an impressive place to take a date. The Navy did not pay any tuition, books or expenses, nor was there any monthly pay. There were no monthly meetings. There was no war in Vietnam.  Continue reading Remembering Vietnam, 50 Years Later: One Dentist’s Story