'Tis the Season For Freebie Lines and Pawnshops

by
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.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Share This Article

More in: