Opinion

November 10, 2008

Commentary: For what did they die?

It is autumn, and the air is crisp and cool at night at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. It gets very quiet at The Wall around midnight. The tourists have gone home, and are all tucked into bed. A homeless Vietnam veteran patrols the black granite panels. He tells us that he has cancer and is having a hard time getting any benefits from the Veterans Administration. He lives in a mission that houses those who have nowhere else to go, but the doors don’t open until 11 p.m.

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