Veterans' Day: Just Another Day to Go Shopping?

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In the aftermath of September 11, President Bush told Americans to return to business as usual and go shopping. Today Americans have the day off to honor the veterans of past wars and those that are being fought now in Iraq and Afghanistan. But since establishment of the all-volunteer service, there’s a disconnect so great that, on Veterans' Day, many civilians don’t even know one. We talk to veterans about why they fight and what it’s like to come home. Should the dead and the wounded be treated as "victims" or heroes who suffered the consequences of their own choices? Is Veterans' Day more than another day to go shopping?

Credits

Guests:
Frank Schaeffer - son of evangelical Francis Schaeffer, Phillip Carter - Center for a New American Security - @Carter_PE, James Joyner - blogger, Outside the Beltway, Alex Horton - Washington Post - @AlexHortonTX

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Sonya Geis, Frances Anderton