Veterans Day Commemorated By Veterans Action Network Leadership
Members of the Veterans Action Network were busy as usual this past Veterans Day, attending and participating in numerous events and memorial services. Although VAN was formed to mobilize veterans to participate in the policy and political process, it is just as important that we recognize and honor all of America’s veterans, especially on Veterans Day.
Too often, America’s veterans are forgotten. Inefficiencies in the VA healthcare system and recent scandals seem to have slipped from the headlines, but make no mistake; Our veterans continue to face hardships after they return from the battlefield.
Even though the midterm elections are over, Veterans Action Network leaders and activists were hard at work honoring the sacrifice of those who have so selflessly defended our great nation.
Here are a few highlights from the day:
SGM Jim Kitchen (Ret.) (far right) presides over a wreath laying and memorial service for fallen Service Members on November 12, 2018. SGM Kitchen (Ret.) is the Commander of his local American Legion Post and member of Veterans Action Network board of directors.
Before the festivities, Service Men and Women and their families observed the somber tradition of the POW/MIA table, which demonstrates the hope of POWs to return to their families and sorrow and remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
After the memorial service, approximately 30 Veterans and their families were invited to gather for a catered meal and entertainment provided in the style of a 1960’s-era USO show.
Lunch was served by young adults enrolled at the Nakoosa Academy, a local school that works with at-risk youth and provides opportunities to grow and learn.
Paul Carr, American Legion Post 65 member, presented a portrait to the step mother and father of SPC Scott Thomas Nagorski, KIA 14 NOV 10 in Kanoor Province, Afghanistan. SPC Nagorski was from Greenfield, WI. This is the thirteenth portrait presentation that Veterans Action Network has been a part of.
The portraits are painted by Alex Yarrow, a 95-year-old USMC Veteran from Pennsylvania. Mr. Yarrow has painted 159 oil paintings to date, all of fallen heroes from all branches of the Service.
This Veterans Day, Veterans Action Network renewed its commitment to stand up for America’s veterans in the public policy process. Our veterans require leaders of integrity who treat them as more than political pawns. As Americans, we owe our veterans a debt that can never be repaid. The very least we can do is ensure that veterans are represented by leaders in government who will always put their needs first.