'Tis the Season For Freebie Lines and Pawnshops

Abby Zimet

As commentary on our abysmal treatment of veterans, what's more poignant: the Michigan veteran of Afghanistan who pawned his Purple Heart, or the military families who lined up in Virginia for free Christmas presents and groceries? The kicker: Many of the toys and other gifts are donated by military contractors - 'cause, hell, they can afford 'em, easy. The double whammy: the sickly sweet holiday message from the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs thanking these poor guys for "safeguarding some of our most cherished traditions." Like, presumably, using people for their own purposes and then throwing them away.

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