Lower the Noise: How to Honor Veterans in a Time of Political Unrest

America is built upon a robust reverence for our military and veterans, so it’s not surprising that they’ve become a prop of choice in an increasingly fractured political landscape. Whether it’s debating the patriotism of NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem, the constitutionality of banning transgender people from service or the limits of defense spending, every issue ricochets throughout social media as one that attacks our military and veterans. These loaded arguments trivialize our vets, turning them into sound bytes and dramatically missing the point of the phrase “support our troops.” Instead of focusing on who is supposedly disrespecting vets, we need to focus on how we can respect our veterans better. It starts with learning from their stories. What can we learn? A lot.

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