November 11, 1918, was the day the forces of World War I signed the Armistice that ended the war, hence it was declared Armistice Day as a national holiday. After World War II, the name was changed to honor Veterans of World War II as well. Now, we have veterans from Korea, The Cold War, Vietnam, and two decades of Gulf Wars. We need to remember their sacrifices now as well.
I would like to put in a special plea for those Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Those Veterans came back from Vietnam little knowing they had a walking time bomb within them put there by their own government that would slowly destroy first their immune system and then destroy them. They need much better help and care than they are receiving. I am making this plea on behalf of friends and former high school classmates.
I know the price of stupid mistakes in war. My father (1912-1998) was a junior U.S. Army officer in World War II. An inexperienced truck driver ran him over by mistake in Normandy. A brilliant team of British Army surgeons put his legs back together with stainless steel pins. But, he was in and out of hospitals for the rest of his life with everything under the sun going wrong with him. His medical records would fill several U-Haul trailers.
For disabled veterans, the wars never ended. Please remember them.