Today is the day to honor all the men and women who have stepped up to serve our country through our many past and current wars. Only about 1% of us ever do this. These Veterans each deserve our honor and our gratitude; we are forever in their debt.
When they return from battle they deserve more than a handshake and a welcome home. We owe them respect, housing, education or re-training, and job opportunities. Our men and women Veterans should not be filling our homeless shelters, trying to get health care, or standing on line for unemployment. We can do better than that! We have to do better than that!
We also have Veterans who have continued to provide distinguuished service SINCE coming home. Check out the rosters of the Connecticut Veterans' Hall of Fame. They come from all over Connecticut and are recognized for what they've done SINCE returning home.
I'd like to give special thanks to my husband, Roger Paulmeno, Member of the Class of 2008 of the Connecticut Veterans' Hall of Fame, who was seriously injured (100% disabled) with a phosphorous grenade during the Vietnam War, and who has worked professionally with Veterans and their families his whole working life since returning home.