WORLD War I ended at 11 minutes after the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Americans declared the date a holiday, Armistice Day, which became Veterans Day to honor all those who served in the military.
Over the years, Americans have done well by the men and women who were willing to give their life to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.
Former Sen. Bob Dole, former Gov. Arch Moore and others who were severely wounded in battle
received excellent treatment and were able to continue to make great contributions to society as civilians.
The GI Bill of Rights transformed higher education after World War II as returning veterans flooded colleges in the pursuit of an education that would better their lives.
America's long tradition of taking care of its veterans predates the Revolutionary War.
Sadly, some of the men and women who served feel they have been waiting since that war to get an answer from the Department of Veterans Affairs on their benefits.
More than 400,000 veterans have waited 125 days or longer for an answer. This reflects an institutional problem that goes back decades.
At a Senate confirmation hearing last week, Sloan Gibson promised that as deputy secretary of the VA he will decrease that backlog.
Gibson is CEO and president of the USO. If the head of the USO cannot make it work, it's unlikely anyone can.
It is not as if the VA is completely incompetent. Its 280,000 employees administer an $80 billion annual budget. Many of them are veterans themselves.
And the VA does some really good work. Next spring, the VA and Disabled American Veterans will host their 28th winter sports clinic in Snowmass, Colo.
"The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is a world-leader in adaptive winter sports instruction for U.S. military veterans and active duty servicemen and women with disabilities," a press release said.
That's terrific. Now to make the quantity of the aid match its quality.