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November 11, 2009

they also serve at home

(On the way home from an AmericaSpeaks board meeting in Washington) "Recent veterans who have volunteered since returning to the United States show a better adjustment to civilian life than their fellow returned servicemen and women who have not volunteered, according to a new report issued in time for Veterans Day." That is the lead of CIRCLE's Veteran's Day release, based on a survey of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans that we helped construct and analyze for Civic Enterprises. The implication is that we need to make sure returning veterans have opportunities to serve at home.

See also Civic Enterprise's full report, All Volunteer Force, which we helped with and which was released in DC today with Michelle Obama and others in attendance.

Meanwhile, I thought the president's speech from yesterday was magnificent. "Long after they are laid to rest - when the fighting has finished, and our nation has endured; when today's servicemen and women are veterans, and their children have grown - it will be said of this generation that they believed under the most trying of tests; that they persevered not just when it was easy, but when it was hard; and that they paid the price and bore the burden to secure this nation, and stood up for the values that live in the hearts of all free peoples."

November 11, 2009 7:33 PM | category: none



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