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    Happy Veterans Day

     

    (Above, bottom left: US Army Sgt. John H. Sullivan, ca. 1943)

    The men and women in uniform deserve more than a day devoted to them. We need to remember their sacrifices and we need to always think clearly about what it is they do.

    We can never forget that our political leadership after WWII has too often used our country’s military callously and carelessly. We must remember that it is our veterans who pay the price for bad command.

    We owe them better command, better to match the service the veteran contributes. We must not fail them, and if we do, we should not sweep it under the rug.

    My father, John H. Sullivan served in the Army in WWII. A military policeman and cook stationed in the Pacific, he kept many of his stories to himself, preferring to have done his bit and not talk about it. That much I inherited from him — it’s probably why I haven’t stepped into politics sooner.

    I know one thing: he would have loved to see me take on the 11th Ward Machine, because he wasn’t a fan. “Stay away from those people,” he’d growl. “They’ll have you doing things you don’t want to do.”

    To be honest, he’d use somewhat saltier language than that.

    This Veterans Day, let’s honor our vets and remember what service really means: doing the right thing.