Average Jane



Not my Grandfather’s Veterans Day

It’s Veteran’s Day. I certainly won’t make the mistake of wishing you a “Happy Veteran’s Day” because truly, at the root of the day, there is nothing to celebrate. Sure, the men and women who fight for our country deserve an appreciation beyond words. But the fact that they need to fight at all saddens me. Fight “them” there, not here, they tell us. And I get that. But these men and women who are fighting “them” are not only fighting against the enemy, but they come home and have to start fighting an entirely different war — a war for the very services they were promised before they signed up to fight in the first place. Health care. Money for education. The list goes on and on.

There are people out there trying to make things better for the Veterans. My sociopolitical crush Jon Soltz is one of them. Vote Vets is trying to get Veterans into office to start making a difference from the inside. And it’s working. But as our economy is tanking here, and the war is still raging in Iraq, we have to have faith that whatever resources we do have at the end of the day go to the men and women that need it most.

As I was writing this, a video came on the TV. It was Eddie Vedder’s song, No More. I guess I’ll just leave you with that. (Lyrics follow)


No More War*

I speak for a man who gave for this land
Took a bullet in the back for his pay
Spilled his blood in the dirt and the dust
He’s back to say:

What he has seen is hard to believe
And it does no good to just pray
He asks of us to stand
And we must end this war today

With his mind, he’s saying, “No more!”
With his heart, he’s saying, “No more!”
With his life he’s saying, “No more war!”

With his eyes, he’s saying, “No more!”
With his body, he’s saying, “No more!”
With his voice, he’s saying, “No more war!”

Yeah, nothing’s too good for a veteran
Yeah, this is what they say
So nothing is what they will get
And there’s no American way

The lies we were told to get us to go
Were criminal… let us be straight
Let’s get to the point where our voices get heard
And I know what I’ll say

With his mind, he’s saying, “No more!”
With his heart, he’s saying, “No more!”
With his life he’s saying, “No more war!”

With his eyes, he’s saying, “No more!”
With his voice, he’s saying, “No more!”
With his body, he’s saying, “No more war!”

No more innocents dying
No more terror rising
No more eulogizing
No more evangelizing
No more presidents lying
No more war

With our minds, we’re saying, “No more!”
With our hearts, we’re saying, “No more!”
With our lives, we’re saying, “No more war!”

*These are not “official” lyrics. If you find them, let me know…

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  1. * Red says:

    Great post! Never heard that song before.

    My biological Father was killed in Vietnam in 69 and is buried at Arlington.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago
  2. * terra says:

    Thank you for sharing this.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago


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