I’m not a flag waver. Never have been. Like the vast majority of Americans, I have treated Veterans Day as one of those days in the fall that I might have off from work. No thought to the meaning; no thought to the sacrifices that lie beneath.
That changed in a profound way last year when I agreed to help sick soldiers and vets from the Oregon Army National Guard’s 1/162. These men were poisoned by exposures to sodium dichromate while providing security to KBR and Halliburton employees. They came back hurt and sick.
In working on their legal team, I’ve come to learn about the soldiers and vets and their families. Their sacrifices are so great. They served for all the right reasons. And now they are wounded and hurting.
Seems to me that every vet deserves our appreciation today. For those who have come back from service broken and hurt, we the people owe them. And for those who are broken and hurt because a greedy contractor violated safety rules in pursuit of profits, well, let’s just say that I’m doing my best to make sure your day of reckoning comes.