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18h UTC; MONDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 2013:
It may be that Veterans' Day was originally known as Armistice Day, marking the end of what was supposed to be "the war to end all war" (as in World War I) in 1918 ... but it took its presenf form and incarnation in 1954 as a means of greater tribute to all who served for the cause of the United States across all wars, from the American Revolution to the Greater War on Islamist Terrorism (even if the last one may have been brought about by flawed egos and Delusions of Grandeur).

In any event, as the United States marks another Veterans' Day, Your Correspondent feels motivated in some way to, for one, call your attention to this article as shows just how quickly we're losing what former NBC newsreader Tom Brokaw called "the Greatest Generation"--as in such who served in World War II (by one estimate, the Department of Veterans' Affairs estimates that only about 20% of those World War II veterans as managed to return home are still living, many in their late 80's and 90's). Which, in any event, poses a major dilemma for such veterans' organisations as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars as want to remain viable by attracting such as served in more recent conflicts (as in Vietnam, Grenada, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan) who can be called upon to "carry the torch" by advocating for veterans and their needs, with particular regard to employment, training and service pensions, just as "the Greatest Generation" did for those as served in World War II and Korea.

Too, across the so-called Arcadia of "Real America" idealised deeply and dearly by conservative prolefeeders as the True Voice and Conscience of America--largely rural/small-town, white, economically-challenged and lacking viable educational or employment options--local Legion and VFW posts have been seeing membership declines in recent years brought about by deaths of World War II veterans and a want of such from more recent conflicts to make up the slack and keep said posts viable; in a few extreme cases, some such posts have disbanded or otherwise consolidated with those in nearby communities.

In any event, many posts for both the Legion and VFW have done much in the way of community service work through fundraisers such as weekly bingo games, food stands at local festivals and offering decently-priced "home cooking" at their local posts through the years. (In my own hometown of Caledonia, MN, until a couple years back, the local Legion post ran weekly bingo games at the local auditorium, with their Auxiliary offering sandwiches, pie and coffee in conjunction, as raised money for the local ballfield and swimming pool over the years.)

Still, though, we the Real Americans need to think about those now in service, and who will themselves become veterans in their own right one day--not just those engaging in the mopping-up of Afghan operations in aid of NATO's mission there, but also in future conflicts where the United States is likely to see some role of military combat involvement. (Including, some specimens of conservative Zealotry and True Belief hope, an ur-RAHOWA upon Iran which sees the Fiery Cross becoming an ur-Fasces leading our otherwise Noble and Glorious Troops onto the front.)

Especially so in the face of "Tea Party" and suchlike Zealotry and True Belief insisting that service-related pensions, including such related to injuries or disabilties suffered in combat, are "perpetuating a culture of enslavement into dependency" when they're expected to "show healthy respect" for Industry, Self-Reliance, Personal Responsibility, Thrift based on Cash Economy and a Wholesome and Simple Home Life, all seen as the Five Pillars of Our National Character and Identity as a Morally-Superior People and Nation. To be further reinforced by invoking "personal responsibility" as the raison d'etre for corporatising service-related pension benefits in the manner of such designs these same specimens of Zealotry and True Belief have for "saving" State Social Security from itself.

(Come to think of it: Of those countries as have embraced denationalised models of Social Security, especially Latin American such, how many also extend such "personal responsibility" misadventures to those in their armed forces?)

"Another small house is finished in the next block"
(to Engrishfy the closing remarks on every episode of the "slice-of-life"
radio series Vic and Sade through the years)


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